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The girl peering at us from the photograph on this book's cover is curiously timeless, perhaps doubly so because many of us recognize that she is little Alice Liddell, the fetchingly inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Taken in 1858, this "Beggar Maid" picture serves as the springboard in this new book by polymath Simon Winchester (Atlantic; The Map That Changed the World). The Alice Behind Wonderland shows that looking through a lens enabled Carroll (a.k.a. Reverend Charles Dodgson) to approach a universe that the shy, half-deaf mathematician might have otherwise found deeply forbidding. Reading Winchester's warm, unpretentious narrative, one can imagine Lewis Carroll himself entering the portals of Alice's world through the photograph that he took on that warm summer day.