The Author and the Story Behind Alice in Wonderland

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"'Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.'" - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll 114). A lot of mystery and rumors surround the book and author of the classic fantasy novel Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. While some of the these rumors may be true, not all of them are. So what made Lewis Carroll who he was and how did Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland come to be? Lewis Carroll was born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury England. His birth given name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, born to first cousins Charles and Frances Dodgson. He was the third of their eleven children. Carroll attended an all boys boarding known as The Rugby School in Warwickshire, afterwards he attends the Christ Church College at Oxford University. Carroll graduated from Oxford University in 1854 he graduated with “…first Class Honors in Mathematics and Second Class Honors in Classics” (Schmoop). In 1855 Henry Liddell becomes the dean an elects Carroll as lecturer and introduces him to his daughter, Alice Liddell. During a summer boating trip with the Liddell sisters he began to create the idea for Alice in Wonderland. “Entrusted with entertaining the young ladies, Dodgson fancied a story about a whimsical world full of fantastical characters, and named his protagonist Alice.” (Brain Pickings) From there, the story became what we all know and love today. A story of pure whimsy and fantasy. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland follows Alice, a young girl’s, journey through Wonderland. Throughout Wonderland Alice encounters a myriad of strange characters, from lobsters and hares, to hatters and twins. Alice finds herself in Wonderland because she was so desperate to get away from her sister that she fo... ... middle of paper ... ...n serious writing. Since he uses nonsensical fantasy stories to criticize the English school system, he couldn't really get in trouble. Nonsense, meaning a collection of words that don't fit into a regular system but rather create one of their own, such as the “Jabberwocky” poem which appears in the first chapter of Through the Looking Glass. All in all nonsense can form sensical stories, especially when the author knows what he’s doing Works Cited Shmoop Editorial Team. "Lewis Carroll Quotes." Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 26 Feb. 2014. Shmoop Editorial Team. "Lewis Carroll Timeline of Important Dates." Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. "Brain Pickings." Brain Pickings RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014. Carroll, Lewis. Alice In Wonderland & Other Stories. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1994. Print.

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