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Book Title: The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland|
The author of the book: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
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Edition: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press
Date of issue: June 1st 2015
ISBN 13: 9780674967793
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 37.95 MB
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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 Drawing on numerous unpublished sources, he examines in detail the peculiar friendship between the Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) and Alice Liddell, the child for whom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 Wonderland" (1865) and its sequel, "Through the Looking-Glass" (1871), 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 in 1862 to Liddell s death in 1934, 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 literature.
In 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."
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Read information about the authorRobert Douglas-Fairhurst is a Fellow and Tutor at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he has been since 2002.
Prior to that date his background was Pembroke College, Cambridge: BA (1990), MA (1994), PhD (1998); Procter Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, 1991-1992; Junior Research Fellow, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 1995-1996; Fellow and Tutor, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 1996-2002.
He writes on 19th century literature, with an emphasis on Charles Dickens and Alfred Lord Tennyson.
He is also a regular reviewer and features writer for the Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Guardian, TLS, Art Newspaper, and THES and writes a monthly column for the Oxford Times.
In the past few years he has also as a historical advisor on the BBC adaptations of Jane Eyre (2006), Emma (2009), and Great Expectations (2011).