Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children’s classics “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass.”
Without the imagination of this man, we would not have the fond memories of listeing to / reading/ or watching a white rabbit with a watch, a blond girl falling into a hole and a grinning disappearing cat, I could go on…
I am not going to go into such detail as a biographer would, but wanted the meet the person whose imagination I am most definatly jelly of!
From my understanding, he suffered with a stammer but it did not trouble him when he was talking with children, he loved to entertain and it was thought that Alice, the daughter of Henry George Liddell was his inspiration for the Alice that falls through the rabbit hole.
Alice Liddell remembers spending many hours with Carroll, sitting on his couch while he told fantastic tales of dream worlds. During an afternoon picnic with Alice and her two sisters, Carroll told the first iteration of what would later become Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. When Alice arrived home, she exclaimed that he must write the story down for her.
He fulfilled the small girl’s request, and through a series of coincidences, the story fell into the hands of the novelist Henry Kingsley, who urged Carroll to publish it. The book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was released in 1865. It gained steady popularity, and as a result, Carroll wrote the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). By the time of his death, Alice had become the most popular children’s book in England, and by 1932 it was one of the most popular in the world.
Whilst researching for this post, I can across this article, I wish I had a copy!
This book has inspired so many offshoots from modern day Authors taking this story and putting thier own spin on it, I have read the ‘Splintered’ Series,but this and more will be featured in a future post.
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