Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream

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Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream
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First edition cover of Alice in Blunderland
Author John Kendrick Bangs
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy novel, Parody
Publisher Doubleday, Page, & Co.
Publication date
1907
Media type Print (hardback)
Pages xvi, 150
ISBN NA

Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream is a novel by John Kendrick Bangs, written in 1907 and published by Doubleday, Page & Co. of New York. It is a political parody of Lewis Carroll's two books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

It is critical of economic issues such as taxation, corporate greed, and corruption. Instead of entering Wonderland, Alice finds herself in "Blunderland", which is also described as "Municipal Ownership Country".

The book features line drawings after the originals by John Tenniel which were drawn by Albert Levering.

In 1902, Bangs had written a book inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, called Rollo in Emblemland.

Plot[edit]

Alice travels to Blunderland where nothing is supposed to be, children live in the Municipal House of the Children and the Duchess and the City are they parents. We find in this novel all the familiar characters made famous by Alice in Wonderland: the dormouse, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and others.[1]


2010 edition cover of Alice in Blunderland

Index[edit]

  1. CHAPTER PAGE I Off to Blunderland 3
  2. The Immovable Trolley 19
  3. The Aromatic Gas Plant 37
  4. The Cityowned Police 56
  5. Wrote on the side of a convenient 57
  6. Tea is served on every corner 64
  7. The Municipaphone 73
  8. Fined five dollars 83
  9. The Department of Public Verse 92
  10. Larger measure than was the custom 94
  11. It runs this way your honour 101
  12. VTI The Municipal Ownership of Children 108
  13. When they think nobodys looking 116
  14. Seizing her by the arm 122

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