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The Hunting Of The Snark
by Lewis Carroll
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This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1876 edition by Macmillan and Co., London.
A masterpiece of nonsensical verse by the enigmatic author of ALICE IN WONDERLAND inspired by the serendipitous line "For the Snark was a Boojum, you see", which Lewis Carroll claimed occurred to him while on a stroll one day. The adventures of a motley crew in search of an elusive prey, THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK is a fantasy that sails along on magical language, surreal images, and an undercurrent of sly humor.
The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
(in full The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits) Nonsense poem by Lewis Carroll, first published in 1876. The fanciful eight-canto poem describes the sea voyage of a bellman, boots (bootblack), bonnet maker, barrister, broker, billiard marker, banker, beaver, baker, and butcher, and their search for the elusive, undefined snark. While scholars have attributed to the work hidden meanings from political subversion to existential agony, Carroll maintained that it was intended simply as nonsense. Painter Henry Holiday illustrated the first edition; however, the poet refused to include any picture of the snark, preferring that readers rely on their own imaginations.
Card catalog description
A nonsense poem recounts the adventures of the Bellman and his crew and their challenges hunting a Snark.
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