- Mar 3, 2008Fernando,
In 1977, during the Wasp Symposium, published as a special edition of
*Jabberwocky*, Selwyn Goodacre brought up the issue of the spelling
of the word "gray." He thought it curious because the "a"
spelling "did not come in until about 1889, and even then was not
used in the 1897 *Alice* texts."
I answered, or corrected, this criticism by pointing out the "a"
spellings of "gray" in Dickens', Ruskin's, and John Phillips' works
publihsed in 1869 and 1870. Oh, how useful that electronic OED! But
if that didn't suit anyone, I pointed out the "a" spellings in
Carroll's own *Phantasmagoria* (1869)---in three poems. And if that
didn't satysfy someone because it is a printed work, look at the
spelling of "gray" in the handprinted "Father William" poem in
Alice's Adventures under Ground (1863). Oh, how useful Lenny's
Website! 'Nuf said.
So we agree.
Now, anyone, how would you respond to that other critique I listed?
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