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Alice in Wonderland

Posted in Anniversary, Literature on Thursday, 24 June 2010

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Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) relates the story of a young girl’s adventure underground to Alice Liddell and her sister. Illustration by Peter Jackson

4 July marks the anniversary of the first telling of the story Alice in Wonderland. On a lazy rowing trip on the Thames in 1862, Charles Dodgson (better known by his nom-de-plume Lewis Carroll) told young Alice Liddell the story of a little girl who discovers a magical realm after falling down a rabbit hole. 10-year-old Alice, after whom the heroine was named, asked him to write the story down and Dodgson did so, entitling his manuscript Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.

It was published in book form as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and a sequel, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There appeared in 1871.

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Alice about to enter the rabbit’s hole. Illustration by Philip Mendoza

More pictures relating to Lewis Carroll and his stories can be found here. Many more illustrations by Peter Jackson and Philip Mendoza can be found at the Look and Learn picture gallery.

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