The Alice Behind Wonderland (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Feb 17, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 128 pages
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On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London. Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image--as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation--as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature. Dodgson's love of photography framed his view of the world, and was partly responsible for transforming a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the world's best-loved observers of childhood. Little wonder that there is more to "Alice Liddell as the Beggar Maid" than meets the eye. Using Dodgson's published writings, private diaries, and of course his photographic portraits, Winchester gently exposes the development of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice. Acclaim for Simon Winchester "An exceptionally engaging guide at home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto and seemingly omnivorous curiosity." --Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review "A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly." --USA Today "Extraordinarily graceful." --Time "Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur." --Christopher Buckley "A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher." --Newsweek
  

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Review: The Alice Behind Wonderland

User Review  - Hope Huntington - Goodreads

a delightful book. well written. somewhat tedious in photography section, but some would love it. Makes me want to go and read Alice in Wonderland Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca - Goodreads

This brief book explores the history behind Lewis Carroll's famous image of Alice Liddell, the girl who inspired 'Alice in Wonderland.' The first part covers Dodgson's (Carroll's) life until he ... Read full review

Contents

THE PHOTOGRAPH IN QUESTION
1
THE PHOTOGRAPHER TO BE
11
MATTERS ARISING
27
THE RUDE MECHANICALS
35
THE FIRST MAKINGS OF ART
55
A PORTRAIT MOST PERFECT AND CHASTE
63
AND THEN THE GIRL BECAME A LADY
91
Acknowledgments
97
Suggestions for Further Reading
99
Index
101
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About the author (2011)

Simon Winchester is the author of Atlantic, The Professor and the Madman, The Map that Changed the World, and A Crack in the Edge of the World, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers. In recognition of his accomplished body of work, Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2006. He lives in Manhattan and western Massachusetts.

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