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The Alice behind wonderland

Author: Simon Winchester
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the summer of 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church in Oxford, Charles Dodgson--better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll--dressed the six-year-old Alice Liddell in ragamuffin's clothes, and then snapped the camera's shutter. In The Alice Behind Wonderland, Simon Winchester uses the famous photograph of Alice as the launching pad for an appreciative energetic and penetrating look at the inspiration behind,
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Named Person: Lewis Carroll; Lewis Carroll; Alice Pleasance Liddell Hargreaves; Alice, (Fictitious character from Carroll); Lewis Carroll; Alice Liddell; Lewis Carroll; Alice Pleasance Liddell Hargreaves
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Winchester
ISBN: 9780195396195 0195396197
OCLC Number: 641525313
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 110 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The photograph in question --
The photographer-to-be --
Matters arising --
The rude mechanicals --
The first makings of art --
A portrait most perfect and chaste --
And then the girl became a lady.
Responsibility: by Simon Winchester.
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Simon Winchester turns his unrivaled talents to revealing the significance of the intriguing photograph whose subject inspired Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  Read more...

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engaging account The Lady sensitive and erudite read Sunday Express Mr Winchester elegantly written study provides a balanced, sympathetic portrait of a complex and gifted man. Wall Street Journal In Read more...

 
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