Dan Hirshon Releases ALICE IN MANHATTAN
Though many new illustrated editions have accompanied the 150th anniversary of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Alice in Manhattan: A Photographic Trip Down New York City's Rabbit Holes" distinguishes itself, both because it employs the medium of street photography and because it presents Lewis Carroll's prose in a new and unique context: the urban and urbane environment of New York City.
"Alice in Manhattan" has been Amazon's #1 Hot New Release for Children's Literary Criticism and offers a unique exploration for Carroll fans, New Yorkers, and those who have always wanted to visit Wonderland.
In this book, Alice chases the White Rabbit through the subway, passes the Caterpillar smoking outside a Midtown Manhattan bar, and meets the Hatter, Hare, and Dormouse at "Alice's Tea Cup" in the Upper West Side. Some photos capture direct Alice references, such as the "Alice in Wonderland" sculptures in Central Park or the Queen of Hearts mosaic in the 50th Street and Broadway subway station, while others take a metaphorical approach. For example, the passage in which the Lory states to Alice, "I am older and must know better" is illustrated by a candid photograph of a father teaching his son how to fish on the bank of Central Park North. When the Queen's soldiers double-up and bend to become the arches for the croquet game in Wonderland, the reader is transported to Union Square, where a street performer is bent over backward, with his hands on the ground and his feet still in the air. For those interested in exploring the actual scenes, the book's appendix offers a full listing of each photograph's location.
"Alice in Manhattan: A Photographic Trip Down New York City's Rabbit Holes" (ISBN-13: 978-0996796101; ISBN-10: 099679610X) is available in print and purchasing options can be found at:
Imprint: New York: Six State Press, 2015
Book Dimensions: 8.50"(w) x 8.50"(h) x 0.31"(d)
Those who wish to receive a PDF for professional review purposes should submit a request to: mail(at)SixStatePress(dot)com
About the Authors:
- Dan Hirshon, the son of a Lewis Carroll scholar and amateur travel photographer, grew up surrounded by bookshelves of "Alice in Wonderland" adaptations and walls of photographs taken around the world. In 2007, he ventured down his own rabbit hole when he moved to New York City. There he discovered a real life Wonderland that offered a diverse melting pot of mad characters, beautiful gardens, and underground tunnels that took him on new and fascinating journeys. He now works there as a filmmaker and photographer. More information about his professional work is available at DanHirshon.com
- Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898) wrote such classic literary works as "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Alice Through the Looking-Glass," and "The Hunting of the Snark," and true to the spirit of "Alice in Manhattan," Carroll was also an accomplished amateur photographer.