2015 sees the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll it is the story of a girl named Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures.
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At the time of its publication it generally received poor reviews although it is now considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its popularity increased with the release of Through the Looking-Glass and, by the end of the 19th century, Sir Walter Besant wrote that Alice in Wonderland "was a book of that extremely rare kind which will belong to all the generations to come until the language becomes obsolete".
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by "Lewis Carroll" with illustrations by John Tenniel was first published in 1865. The first print run of 2,000 was held back because Tenniel objected to the print quality and a new edition was quickly reprinted and released in December of the same year, but carrying an 1866 date. The entire print run sold out quickly.
Alice was a publishing sensation that could be enjoyed by children and adults alike. Among its first avid readers were Queen Victoria and the young Oscar Wilde. The book has never been out of print and has been translated into at least 174 languages.