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Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, Part 5

Published in 1872, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There is Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It finds the inquisitive heroine in a fantastic land where everything is reversed. Looking-glass land is a topsy-turvy world of live chessmen, madcap kings and queens, strange mythological creatures, talking flowers, and rude insects.

Brooks and hedges divide the lush greenery of looking-glass land into a chessboard, where Alice becomes a pawn in a bizarre game of chess involving Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Lion and the Unicorn, the White Knight, and other nursery-rhyme figures. Promised a crown when she reaches the eighth square, Alice perseveres through a surreal landscape of amusing characters that pelt her with riddles and humorous semantic quibbles and regale her with memorable poetry, including the oft-quoted "Jabberwocky."

Through the Looking-Glass is read for SPR by Mary Walker. 

Chris Maccini previously worked at SPR as Morning Edition host and producing arts and special programming such as The Bookshelf, Poetry Moment, Northwest Arts Review, special features and more.