Calvert Library is deep into a celebration of Alice in Wonderland at 150 years old. Some of us adore Alice in Wonderland; some of us don’t understand the attraction, but everyone is familiar with the story and has probably alluded to the story in general conversation (e.g., “I didn’t mean to go down that rabbit hole”). If you visit the Prince Frederick location you will see display cases full of some extraordinary Alice paraphernalia. There is also Alice related art throughout the building which showcases how fully Lewis Carroll’s book has permeated our world. The exhibition is just a portion of the Alice in Wonderland collection of Amy Plummer who has served on the Board of Library Trustees and is also one of the past presidents of the Calvert Library Foundation. Plummer also happens to be a member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Thanks to Plummer’s connections and generosity, Calvert Library Prince Frederick will be hosting author and Lewis Carroll scholar August Imholtz on Monday, April 13, at 7pm for a presentation entitled, “Alice in Wonderland at 150: How She Came To Be and Live So Long.”
Whether you are a fan of Alice or have not figured out why she’s so pervasive, you will find this presentation illuminating. Mr. Imholtz will cover the origin of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its almost equally famous sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There; explain some of the aspects of Alice which makes her perennially popular with children and adults; and survey the worldwide range of translations, illustrations of Alice after the 1907 expiration of the copyright, and the parodies and uses of Alice in popular culture around the world.
August A. Imholtz, Jr., is a former president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America; a former president of the Baltimore Bibliophiles; a current member of the board of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, as well as a member of the Lewis Carroll Societies of North America, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan; and was a member of American Library Association’s Rare and Endangered Government Documents for a dozen years.
He has written and edited several books and published more than 100 articles in academic journals on Greek and Latin philology, Lewis Carroll, and other subjects. He has lectured at Cambridge University, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., Princeton University, Duke University, the Foreign Language Library in Moscow, and many other institutions.
Do not miss this opportunity to solve the Alice mystery with this esteemed speaker. For more information, call Robyn Truslow at 410-535-0291.