The Alice Behind Wonderland

The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester 0190614544 9780190614546
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On a summers day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London.

Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image--as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation--as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature. Dodgsons love of photography framed his view of the
world and was partly responsible for transforming a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the worlds best-loved observers of childhood. Little wonder that there is more to Alice Liddell as the Beggar Maid than meets the eye. Using Dodgsons published writings, private diaries, and of course
his photographic portraits, Winchester gently exposes the development of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.

Acclaim for Simon Winchester

An exceptionally engaging guide at 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.

Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur.
--Christopher Buckley

A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher.

Author: Simon Winchester

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 128

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Publication Date: 2016-09-01

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