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KINDLE ó The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland ⚡ Following his acclaimed life of Dickens, Robert Douglas Fairhurst illuminates the tangled history of two lives and two books Drawing on numerous unpublished sources, he examines in detail the peculiar friendship between the Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, the child for whom he invented the Alice stories, and analyzes how this relationship stirred Carroll s imagination and influenced the creation of Wonderland It also explains why Alice in Wonderlandand its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, took on an unstoppable cultural momentum in the Victorian era and why, a century and a half later, they continue to enthrall and delight readers of all ages The Story of Alice reveals Carroll as both an innovator and a stodgy traditionalist, entrenched in habits and routines He had a keen double interest in keeping things moving and keeping them just as they are In Looking Glass Land, Alice must run faster and faster just to stay in one place Tracing the development of the Alice books from their inception into Liddell s death in , Douglas Fairhurst also provides a keyhole through which to observe a larger, shifting cultural landscape the birth of photography, changing definitions of childhood, murky questions about sex and sexuality, and the relationship between Carroll s books and other works of Victorian literatureIn the stormy transition from the Victorian to the modern era, Douglas Fairhurst shows, Wonderland became a sheltered world apart, where the line between the actual and the possible was continually blurred This took a long time to read mostly because I didn t make it a priority, but also because it s not the easiest book to read My one, serious complaint is that the chapters are given only numbers, not headings I really would have loved some guideposts for the chapters, which all ended up being themed or coming to a central point I had to blindly trust the author to show eventually the importance of the numerous details presented to me Though this book s main title is The Story of Alice, t This took a long time to read mostly because I didn t make it a priority, but also because it s not the easiest book to read My one, serious complaint is that the chapters are given only numbers, not headings I really would have loved some guideposts for the chapters, which all ended up being themed or coming to a central point I had to blindly trust the author to show eventually the importance of the numerous details presented to me Though this book s main title is The Story of Alice, this is a book about Lewis Carroll His famous Alice books and Alice Hargreaves herself do come up quite a bit within this, but it s a book primarily about Carroll It follows him from his birth to his death and slightly beyond and is VERY thorough I cannot say this was an enjoyable read as most of the time it had a bit too much detail for my tastes, but it was a well written, researched and put together book BOTW Where did Alice stop and Alice begin Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage a shortcut for all that is beautiful and confusing a metaphor used by artists, writers and politicians for 150 years.But beneath the fairy tale lies the complex history of the author and his subject The story of Charles Dodgson the quiet academic, and his second self Lewis Carroll storyteller, innovator and avid collector of child friends And also o BOTW Where did Alice stop and Alice begin Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage a shortcut for all that is beautiful and confusing a metaphor used by artists, writers and politicians for 150 years.But beneath the fairy tale lies the complex history of the author and his subject The story of Charles Dodgson the quiet academic, and his second self Lewis Carroll storyteller, innovator and avid collector of child friends And also of his dream child Alice Liddell, and the fictional alter ego that would never let her grow up.This is their secret history one of love and loss, of innocence and ambiguity, and of one man s need to make Wonderland his refuge in a rapidly changing world.Drawing on previously unpublished material, Robert Douglas Fairhurst traces the creation and influence of the Alice books against a shifting cultural landscape the birth of photography, changing definitions of childhood and sexuality, and the tensions inherent in the transition between the Victorian and modern worlds 1 On a river trip with the Liddells, Carroll makes up a story about a girl called Alice 2 Lewis finds a publisher for his Alice story, now all he needs is a title 3 Following publication of his two Alice stories, Carroll continues to collect child friends 4 Oxford gossip is catching up with Carroll, and the real Alice begins married life 5 Illness begins to take its toll on the author.Read by Simon Russell BealeProduced by Joanna GreenA Pier production for BBC Radio 4 Fascinating biography of a book, a genre I am intensely interested in right now, as I am writing one myself on Little Women This is a great example, thoroughly absorbing and full of fascinating detail Mine is going to be quite a bit different, but it did inspire me. A fantastic biography which helpfully reminded me that Lewis Carroll was, like many other Victorian men, Just The Worst 14 Please note this review is meant as a recommendation only If you use it in any marketing material, online or anywhere on a published book without asking permission from me first, I will ask you to remove that use immediately Thank you