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Lewis Carroll: The Man and his Circle

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This new biography of Carroll by leading international authority, Edward Wakeling, presents a fresh appraisal of the man based upon his social circle. Contrary to the claims of many previous authors, Carroll's circle was not child centered: his correspondence was enormous, numbering almost 100,000 items at the time of his death, and included royalty and many of the leading ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 28th 2015 by I. B. Tauris (first published March 30th 2014)
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did.

Lewis Carroll (or to give him his true name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was a complex man. He was a story-teller, a mathematician of note, a tutor, a diarist, a logician, an artist, a photographer, an author, a supporter of the arts, both graphic and dramatic.

He was a devoted son, the entertainer of his ten siblings, a conscientious brother who took care of his unmarried sisters, a supporter of those who wanted and had the ability to learn but
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Mandy
Dec 06, 2018 rated it liked it
You certainly can’t fault this book for its extensive and meticulous research. But so much attention to detail doesn’t always make for entertaining reading. The author, a Lewis Carroll expert, has chosen to tell Lewis’s biography through the people he met and associated with. This works up to a point, but when it comes to areas such as the theatre, for example, it tends to become just a list of people he knew. So although I enjoyed learning more about Carroll, as a biography this one didn’t work ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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‘The last one hundred years have seen enough biographies of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) to make another seem superfluous.’

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 to 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll was an Anglican deacon, logician, mathematician, photographer and writer. It’s almost 150 years since, on 26 November 1865, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ was first published in the UK. It’s a book that has brought a lot of joy to at least four generation
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Kimberly
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"He was, however, a man who appreciated beauty in art, a regular visitor to art galleries and exhibitions, a friend of famous artists of his day. To some extent, he saw photography as an alternative to painting and sketching. He was never satisfied with his own attempts to draw and photography gave him an opportunity to use and develop his aesthetic and artistic abilities. Later, when he gave copies of his photographs to sitters and their families, he would inscribe the picture as 'from the Art ...more
Celia
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Though I did not like the book as a basic biography of Lewis Carroll (the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), the book did have a lot valuable of information about the background of the Alice books and the educational systems of Victorian England.

I was very disappointed that book was not a straightforward chronological biography of Charles Dodgson. Instead the goal of the author is to refute some negatives biographies of Charles Dodgson (whom I will now call Lewis Carroll) which have recently
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George Walker
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bias alert! I read this because I am an acquaintance of Mr. Wakeling and consider him a trusted expert on the life of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carrol). Dodgson was the quintessential Victorian gentleman. He was a writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and innovative photographer. Dodgson maintained a distinct divide between his academic reputation and his persona as a children’s book author. When Mr. Dodgson received a letter addressing him as his pseudonym Lewis Carroll, h ...more
Jen
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Lewis Carroll: The Man and His Circle by Edward Wakeling. The delay on reviewing this one is because there was such a wealth of fascinating material. I highlighted so much and couldn't decide what to include and what to eliminate. The dilemma of too much of interest was overwhelming.

Charles Lutwitdge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) was a fascinating man with an equally fascinating circle of friends and acquaintances. Anyone interested in the Victorian period would benefit from reading this book.

The bac
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Jane
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge Lewis Carroll fan so I loved this - huge amounts of detail about something I am really interested in. Despite an entire bookcase of books on the subject I felt I learnt new things reading this and was able to think about Carroll in different ways.
Dana
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a very comprehensive biography of Lewis Carroll and his life. The book has many photographs and is well-researched. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.
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Jenni Schell
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Overall, I thought this was a very well written biography on Lewis Carroll. He was a much more complex man than expected.
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