If the Jabberwocky Had Lived in Brooklyn

Jabberwocky illustration by John Tenniel

Jabberwocky is a nonsense poem that Lewis Carroll wrote for Through the Looking Glass (a sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland). It’s supposed to be bad poetry, but Carroll overdid himself and created a twisted masterpiece.

I always imagined Jabberwocky being read with a British schoolmarm’s accent. Imagine my surprise when I first heard a reading by some guy with a Brooklyn accent:

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Note: About a year after I posted this, the reader, Alan Davis Drake, passed away. He released many of his recordings to the public domain; you can find them on LibriVox.org.

Credits: The illustration of the Jabberwocky is the one by John Tenniel, who also illustrated other works by Lewis Carroll. That illustration is public domain. The audio recording is also public domain.

A friendly human.