Salvador Dali once reimagined Alice in Wonderland
After the Second World War, Salvador Dali collaborated with Disney on a handful of projects, including one where he reimagined Alice in Wonderland.
During the latter days of the Second World War, Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali clandestinely entered into a relationship with Disney to create the company’s first-post war project. The film was eventually scrapped, but Dali and Disney continued to have a lasting relationship.
In the 60s, an editor at Random House heard about the partnership and had an idea. He reached out to Dali and commissioned the painter to create illustrations of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
The edition was rare to begin with, and made even more so by Dali signing it. The copy was immediately considered a rare treasure for book collectors, and over the last few decades it has popped up on various auction blocks. It eventually fell into the possession of the Princeton University Press.
Last year marked the 150th anniversary of Carroll’s Alice’s Adventured in Wonderland, which was published on November 26, 1865. To celebrate the date, the Princeton University Press decided to make the book available to the public. The reprint came with a forward from The Lewis Carroll Society of North America president Mark Bustein, who discussed the connection between Dali and Carroll. The two men never met – Carroll died 15 years before Dali was born – but they shared a unique way of looking at the world.
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