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It's a shame this biography has fallen out of print, as it offers a fairly balanced view on the life of Lewis Carroll, otherwise known as Charles Dodgson. One of the more interesting themes explored is the separation between these two lives, which only adds to the complexity and contradiction that define Dodgson's character. Clearly well-researched, Hudson does succumb to the usual mythologizing, but he takes a careful approach and gives a much fuller picture than Carroll is sometimes afforded....more
On balance this is probably the best Lewis Carroll biography, but the style is too excitable. Serious writing shouldn't have this many exclamation marks. However, Hudson was the first biographer to call his readers' attention to _Cakeless_, so credit where it's due.