The Alice Behind Wonderland

The Alice Behind Wonderland

Simon Winchester


On a summer's day in 1858, in a backyard in the back of Christ Church university in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in arithmetic, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the varsity dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding digicam, lately bought in London.

Simon Winchester deftly makes use of the ensuing image--as unsettling because it is known, and the topic of bottomless speculation--as the car for a quick day trip in the back of the lens, a focus at the origins of a vintage paintings of English literature. Dodgson's love of images framed his view of the area and was once partially liable for remodeling a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of many world's best-loved observers of youth. Little ask yourself that there's extra to "Alice Liddell because the Beggar Maid" than meets the attention. utilizing Dodgson's released writings, deepest diaries, and naturally his photographic pix, Winchester lightly exposes the advance of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.

Acclaim for Simon Winchester

"An incredibly enticing advisor at domestic far and wide, prepared for whatever, jam-packed with gusto and possible omnivorous curiosity."
--Pico Iyer, The long island instances ebook Review

"A grasp at telling a fancy tale compellingly and lucidly."
--USA Today

"Extraordinarily graceful."
--Time

"Winchester is a ravishing author and a deft anecdoteur."
--Christopher Buckley

"A lyrical author and an indefatigable researcher."
--Newsweek

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