The Real Alice in Wonderland: A Role Model for the Ages

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Alice Liddell, the real Alice in Wonderland, is considered by many to be more fascinating than fiction she inspired. In 2006, C.M. Rubin and her daughter Gabriella began an incredible journey to explore the world where Alice lived. Their journey took them to London, Oxford, Lyndhurst, Guildford and Llandudno in Great Britain. They connected with Alice fans in Canada, Russia, Japan, Australia and Korea, as well as from many cities around the United States. They began to understand the beauty and magnitude of the ...

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Overview

Alice Liddell, the real Alice in Wonderland, is considered by many to be more fascinating than fiction she inspired. In 2006, C.M. Rubin and her daughter Gabriella began an incredible journey to explore the world where Alice lived. Their journey took them to London, Oxford, Lyndhurst, Guildford and Llandudno in Great Britain. They connected with Alice fans in Canada, Russia, Japan, Australia and Korea, as well as from many cities around the United States. They began to understand the beauty and magnitude of the life of a curious child who inspired one of the best-loved stories in Enlish literature, became an inspirational role model for her era, and left a legacy that thrives today.

The authors grand vision for this book involved reaching out to celebrated artists, museums, libraries, and schools around the world. The Real Alice in Wonderland story is told using never before seen pictures along with voices from Alice's lifetimeand from the present day. It is a story of love, tragedy, duty, courage, and loyalty to family and country - that will surprise and deeply move you. It will make you think again about what it means to inspire.

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VOYA - Robbie Flowers
Readers will follow this title down the rabbit hole to discover the world of the real Alice who inspired Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. The book moves seamlessly through the life of Alice Pleasance Liddell from her childhood in the halls of the University of Oxford through her final days as a woman whose name was renowned—yet she had not even considered publishing an autobiography. The Real Alice in Wonderland is simply lovely. The juxtaposed pictures of everything—from Oxford's scenery to pictures of Alice to a host of story illustrations—captivate readers and drive the story line. This is a wonderful treatment of a biography, and the format makes it widely accessible. The information is quite thorough: the reader is guided through Alice's family life as a child to her lost love with Prince Leopold and her humanitarian efforts. This offering paints a full picture of Alice, not only as the child who has captivated literature but also as a woman who was truly ahead of her time. This is a purchase that will do well with a range of people and should be offered as a standard accompaniment to Alice in Wonderland. The illustrations and pictures will make it quite popular in a public library. Reviewer: Robbie Flowers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449081317
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 3/5/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 958,453
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    A Deeply Moving Story

    I leafed through this book at my local Barnes & Noble, where it was on display with many Alice in Wonderland books.
    I could tell immediately that it was one of the most beautiful books that I had ever seen. I began to read the story, and found it so easy and clear to read, rather than a complicated biography. The text, the pictures, and the actual letters made this woman, Alice Liddell, the true inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, come to life. I couldn't put it down. I bought a copy for my wife, for my daughter who recently was married, and for my mother (which I will give her on Mother's Day). My wife read this book in 2 hours straight, and said it was one of the greatest stories she ever read. I have to say a huge thank you to the authors for giving us this book. It is a magnificent creation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    The Real Alice

    If you enjoy the story "Alice in Wonderland", owning a copy of "The Real Alice in Wonderland" is a must! I never realized the fairy tale is actually based on a real person.  The book introduces readers to Alice Liddell, a young, imaginative little girl that inspired Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Dodgson) to write his classic stories. The book shares terrific details about Alice and the many lives she touched. I didn't know it, but she even had a secret forbidden romance with Prince Leopold, son of Queen Victoria. Amazingly, she went on to later name one of her sons after the Prince, another rumored to be named after Lewis Carroll. And get this: she requested Lewis Carroll to be the Godfather to her first born child. Alice touched more than just the lives of past loves. With permission from Carroll, Alice published the original story of "Alice's Adventures Underground" and gave all proceeds to childrens' hospitals and sick children everywhere.  If you are a fan of her story in Wonderland, take this adventure in the real Alice's footsteps and discover a life more fanciful than the one described in her fictional masterpiece. The book includes never before seen portraits and scenic photography of past residences, old vacation spots, and monuments created in her honor. This book is a collection of art and memories of a woman that inspired the minds of children for generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2010

    Wonderland is Wonderful!

    "The Real Alice in Wonderland" achieves a rare and appealing excellence in literature! Bravo to the author!

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  • Posted April 5, 2010

    The Real Alice In Wonderland Is Amazing!

    As an avid reader of all books concerning Alice, I couldn't wait to read this new, important work about Alice Liddell, the real Alice in Wonderland. I will send copies of the book to my sisters for their birthdays.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    A fascinating read.

    A well put together book about the inspiration behind the hugely successful Alice in Wonderland stories. Great for a gift, or for own use.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    Fantastic read - totally enlightening

    Great read. Very factual. The author has clearly done alot of research. Very objective. Would recommend

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    Amazing Reality

    I have been a fan of the Alice stories and of Carroll's poetry all my life. This book is an amazing compliment to them. Using a potpourri of intricately interwoven images, story, and historical narrative, the Real Alice creates a world every bit as colorful, dramatic, and enthralling as the world Alice found down the rabbit hole. The inspiration for a children's story is seen as an amazing woman who battled her way through difficulties and tragedy and came through triumphant, even regal. The way the book weaves together elements of Alice Liddell's life and images from the stories she inspired brings richness to both. In this case, the whole is more than the sum of the parts! No lover of Alice should be without this book. Great for coffee tables and gifts!

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