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Discoveries: Lewis Carroll in Wonderland

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
One golden summer afternoon, on the banks of the River Thames, the young Oxford professor Charles Dodgson shared a picnic with three little girls, who asked for a story. One of them was Alice, and the adventure he created for her under the pen name Lewis Carroll has captured the hearts of readers throughout the world. Who was this mathematician-turned-writer, and why has h ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Harry N. Abrams (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This is one of my "thrift store" finds, beautiful paper, illustrations, and photographs with minimal biography but "Documents" pages of excerpts from Carroll's works and detailed index. Offers much insight into Oxford/British society and cultural norms as well as into the life and mind of this most unusual mathematician and author.

This is not great literature, criticism, or biography, but I'd never thought much about Lewis Carroll before and now I'm at least minimally informed. Besides, it's a
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved learing about the most wonderful author in the world!
Bartholomew Timm
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
A well-written and well-researched book with a lot of photographs, drawings, paintings, and sketches that were done by Carroll, Tenniel, and various others. Many of them were designed to accompany the Alice stories, and many are photographs taken by Carroll (he was among the earliest adaptors of this new technology and was almost as well-known for it, as for his writings, in his time. There are also quite a few of the areas in and around Oxford. In addition to all the wonderful eye-candy, the na ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-work
This is a really nice, concise overview of Lewis Carroll's life. It's to the point and does a good job at explaining certain details that might be confusing to those of us who aren't Victorian professors at Oxford. There's also good use of detail--not a lot of overexplaining of everything, but certain bits dropped in that give you an idea of what he must have been like. For instance, explaining the rules of a logic game he created.
Jane Baker
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I found the relationship he had with children disturbing! (Very MJ) The author doesn't say anything clearly, but leaves it up to the reader. But it's sort of a mystery! The pages cut out of his diary. The photograph of naked children (seen as acceptable in his time). The sudden end of his photography. The relationships with little girls. weird.
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found this slim volume on my shelf and was attracted by the slick paper and photos. Was Dodgson weird? Yes, but his Alice was charming and way outside the box. Honestly, the 1862 Tenniel illustrations are my favorite part.
Rose A
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting and informative book about Lewis Carroll's life; I certainly learned a lot from reading this. I wish there had been more actual analysis of the significance of "Alice in Wonderland".
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