Two fairy children meet adventure in such places as Dogland, Outland, and Elfland.
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Lewis Carroll was actually born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was a noted English author, mathematician, inventor, photographer and Deacon at Christ Church. Dodgson was home-schooled during his youth, but displayed a great intellect and he was a voracious reader. He attended Oxford beginning in 1850, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a professorship there for twenty-six years. Dodgson had a distinct stammer, was deaf in one ear, a severe knee injury which left him with a pronounced limp and damaged lungs from a case of whooping cough. He began writing short stories and poetry in 1854, and in 1856, adopted the pen name of Lewis Carroll. Also in 1856, he met Henry Liddell, who had three daughters, one of whom was named Alice. One day on a rowing trip with the family in 1862, Dodgson told the story of “Alice’s Adventures Underground” to the girls and Alice begged him to write it down for her, which he did in 1864. A family friend read it and insisted that he attempt to get it published which he did in 1865, changing the name to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Although Dodgson was a capable illustrator, he believed his story needed a professional illustrator and Sir John Tenniel provided the art. The book was an instant commercial success, although not a critical one, providing “Carroll” with unwanted fame. In 1871, he completed the sequel “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.” Although he continued to write, none of his works achieved the success of the “Alice” books. He continued to teach until 1881, and died on January 14, 1898 from pneumonia.From Publishers Weekly:
In 1895, 30 years after publication of his masterpiece, Carroll explained that he didn't want to retrace the path to Alice , because it had become a "beaten highroad." Instead, he produced a two-volume tale of the eponymous fairy siblings, combined here under one cover. It is essentially a philosophical tract on morality, politics and religion, written in somewhat fussy Victorian prose and packed with puns, paradoxes, puzzles, poetry and Carroll's own brand of inspired nonsense. Carroll entwines two plots, set in two alternate worlds, one the fairytale kingdom of Elfland, the other a realm called Outland, which mirrors and satirizes English society. In the former, Bruno and Sylvie endure adventures typical of classic fairytales; in the latter, two men vie for the love of a beautiful woman. The combination of sentimental love story and fairytale unfortunately lacks the magic of the Alice stories. It satisfies on another level, however, as an early example of what modernist writers were later to pursue: the attempt to portray several simultaneous levels of reality. This gift edition, with illustrations not seen by PW , is the first in the publisher's neglected classics series. To coincide with its publication, Mercury House and the Lewis Carroll Society of America are sponsoring a contest for the best poem written in Carroll's style.
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Book Description Mercury House, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111562790099
Book Description Mercury House, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1562790099