The Hunting of the Snark

An Agony in Eight Fits

Lewis Carroll

The Hunting of the Snark

Lewis Carroll

Distributed for British Library

83 pages | 9 line drawings | 5 x 7 | © 2011
Cloth $19.95 ISBN: 9780712358132 Published April 2011 For sale in North and South America only

He would answer to “Hi!” or to any loud cry,
Such as “Fry me!” or “Fritter my wig!” To “What-you-may-call-um!” or “What-was-his name!”
But especially “Thing-um-a-jig!”
While, for those who preferred a more forcible word,
He had different names from these: His intimate friends called him “Candle-ends,” And his enemies “Toasted-cheese.”
“His form is ungainly his intellect small——
(So the Bellman would often remark)
“But his courage is perfect! And that, after all, Is the thing that one needs with a Snark.”
He would joke with hyenas, returning their stare
With an impudent wag of the head: And he once went a walk, paw-in-paw, with a bear,
“Just to keep up its spirits,” he said.

The Hunting of the Snark is Lewis Carroll’s epic nonsense poem, first published in 1876. Though Carroll’s peculiar wit and imagination are evident here, this work, unlike his earlier Alice books, is a much darker tale. Here, ten characters whose names begin with the letter B disappear, go mad, and find themselves struggling to navigate an impossible path through a nonsensical world. Throughout the poem there is a prevailing atmosphere of disorder and chaos, heightened by Carroll’s descriptions of grotesque creatures such as the Bandersnatch and the Jubjub bird and his characteristic use of invented words—such as uffish, beamish, and frumious.

The meaning of the poem, and of the Snark itself, has been the subject of much debate, but nevertheless it remains a fun and lively read thanks to its combination of strangeness and whimsy. This new facsimile edition of the 1876 riginal is richly bound in red cloth with gold embossing and features reproductions of the original illustrations by Henry Holiday. This edition of the The Hunting of the Snark will be a treasured gift and collector’s item for fanciful readers of all ages.



Fit I. The Landing

Fit II. The Bellman’s Speech

Fit III. The Baker’s Tale

Fit IV. The Hunting

Fit V. The Beaver’s Lesson

Fit VI. The Barrister’s Dream

Fit VII. The Banker’s Fate

Fit VIII. The Vanishing

Review Quotes
Los Angeles Times
“With the release of this gorgeous facsimile edition, readers today can experience the poem just as Victorian readers did. This story of a chaotic quest is a delight in any format, but here, bound in a vivid red-and-gold cover, the poem isn’t the only work of art, the book is too.”
New City
“A fabulous poem—hilarity and wit,
a balance of pleasure and peril,
was writ by none other, in piqué or in fit,
than the beloved Lewis Carroll.
A reproduction more lovingly made
has doubtful ever been seen.
Imprinted with gold of the highest grade,
Most households will need seventeen.”
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