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Lewis Carroll: A Biography

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Under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson became a legend for his children's books, which broke the constraints of Victorian moralism. Thirty years in the writing and drawn from a voluminous fund of letters and diaries, this exemplary biography conveys both the imaginative fancy and human complexity of the creator of Alice in Wonderland. Photos.

This brilliant and definitive biography of the great author of the Alice books draws its power from ...

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Overview

Under the pen name Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson became a legend for his children's books, which broke the constraints of Victorian moralism. Thirty years in the writing and drawn from a voluminous fund of letters and diaries, this exemplary biography conveys both the imaginative fancy and human complexity of the creator of Alice in Wonderland. Photos.

This brilliant and definitive biography of the great author of the Alice books draws its power from Cohen's three decades of unsurpassed Lewis Carroll scholarship, from his unique access to Carroll's letters and diaries, and from his profound empathic understanding of his subject. Illustrated with more than 100 of Carroll's photographs and drawings.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Biography of the multitalented author and mathematician. (Dec.)
Library Journal
In his time, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was known to the world as an outstanding pioneer photographer of children, particularly of female children, as well as for being the author Lewis Carroll. One of Dodgson's "child-friends," Alice Lidell, served as the inspiraton for his literary Alice. These child-friend associations subjected Dodgson to public scrutiny, gossip, and suspicion concerning his emotional and sexual proclivities, suppressed though they may have been. Dodgson chose to "let them talk." Biographer Cohen (Lewis Carroll: Interviews and Recollections, Univ. of Iowa Pr., 1988) uses previously unavailable family and personal documents, diaries, and letters to show that the shy bachelor Dodgson, Oxford mathematics don and lecturer, held himself to the strictest of moral codes. While Lewis Carroll has been probed and analyzed by countless writers (see, for instance, John Pudney's Lewis Carroll and His World, 1976), this book is about the intimate and complex life of the man behind all those who lived on the other side of the looking glass. Recommended for all literature collections.-Robert L. Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., Ind.
Booknews
An account of the life of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson--the real name of the complex, fanciful, enigmatic, and unquestionably brilliant author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Cohen uses new-found letters and voluminous diaries to provide insight into Carroll's life: his passionate worship of little girls, his contributions to logic, his playfulness and charm, and the self- reproach and turbulence that underlay his apparently placid existence. B&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679745624
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 643,228
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.52 (d)

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