A Caucus Race and a Long Tale


Salvador Dalí ( Spanish, 1904 - 1989 )


Maecenas Press ( American )


Random House, Inc.

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In 1969, Random House publishers commissioned Salvador Dalí to produce an exclusive edition of Alice in Wonderland, originally written by Lewis Carroll in 1865. Dalí created twelve lithographs and a frontispiece, arranging both the text and images in this deluxe publication. He included a full-page illustration in each chapter that relates directly to the narrative or highlights the strange and whimsical nature of Carroll's tale. Some of Dalí’s characteristic subjects appear in the illustrations: the melting clock in A Mad Tea Party, the snail-like man in A Caucus Race and a Long Tale, the butterfly in The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill, and the jump-roping figure of Alice. Words, too, function as more than just narrative content. In A Caucus Race and a Long Tale, the text becomes a play on words between “tale” and “tail,” with the words twisting down the page in a tail-like shape.

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