Alice Behind Wonderland (Paperback)

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Alice Behind Wonderland (Paperback)

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On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London.

Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image--as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation--as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature. Dodgson's love of photography framed his view of the world and was partly responsible for transforming a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the world's best-loved observers of childhood. Little wonder that there is more to Alice Liddell as the Beggar Maid than meets the eye. Using Dodgson's published writings, private diaries, and of course his photographic portraits, Winchester gently exposes the development of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.

Acclaim for Simon Winchester

An exceptionally engaging guide at home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto and seemingly omnivorous curiosity.
--Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review

A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly.
--USA Today

Extraordinarily graceful.
--Time

Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur.
--Christopher Buckley

A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher.
--Newsweek
Simon Winchester is the author of Atlantic, The Professor and the Madman, The Map that Changed the World, and A Crack in the Edge of the World, all of which have been New York Times bestsellers. In recognition of his accomplished body of work, Winchester was made Officer of the Order of the BritishEmpire (OBE) in 2006. He lives in Manhattan and western Massachusetts.
Product Details ISBN: 9780190614546
ISBN-10: 0190614544
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: September 1st, 2016
Pages: 128
Language: English