The Alice Behind Wonderland (Hardcover)

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In the summer of 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church in Oxford, Charles Dodgson--better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll--dressed the six-year-old Alice Liddell in ragamuffins clothes, and then snapped the cameras shutter. In The Alice Behind Wonderland, Simon Winchester uses the famous photograph of Alice as the launching pad for an appreciative energetic and penetrating look at the inspiration behind, and the making of, one of the greatest classics of childrens literature. Indeed, Winchester shows that Dodgsons love of photography deeply influenced his view of the world, helping to transform this shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the worlds best-loved observers of childhood. Much like the fictional Alices world, as the photograph is subject to closer examination, Alice Liddell as The Beggar Maid becomes curiouser and curiouser, capturing a moment during a golden afternoon that would endure forever. Alice Liddell as The Beggar Maid was, in short, the muse that would inspire the creation of Alices Adventures in Wonderland. Deftly engaging with Dogsons published writings, private diaries, and photography, Winchester weaves together the poignant, turbulent, and entirely fascinating story behind Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice. Acclaim for Simon Winchester An exceptionally engaging guideat home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto and seemingly omnivorous curiosity. --Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly. --USA Today Extraordinarily graceful. --Time Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur. --Christopher Buckley A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher. --Newsweek -- *Author: Winchester, Simon *Publication Date: 2011/03/17 *Number of Pages: 110 *Binding Type: Hardcover *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.50


Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780195396195
SKU 216374022
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0195396197
Release Date 3/17/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.5T
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Number of Pages 0110
Publisher Oxford University Press

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