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Inventing wonderland : the lives and fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J.M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame, and A.A. Milne

Author: Jackie Wullschläger
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between 1865 and 1930, five writers who could not grow up transformed their longing for childhood into a literary revolution. Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J.M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame, and A.A. Milne stand at the center of a golden age of Victorian and early twentieth-century children's literature. From the vibrantly imagined stories of Alice in Wonderland to the enchanted, magical worlds of Peter Pan and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Named Person: J M Barrie; A A Milne; Kenneth Grahame; Lewis Carroll; Edward Lear; J M Barrie; Lewis Carroll; Kenneth Grahame; Edward Lear; A A Milne; KENNETH GRAHAME
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jackie Wullschläger
ISBN: 0684822865 9780684822860
OCLC Number: 33817706
Notes: Originally published: London : Methuen, 1995.
Description: xii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Victorian images of childhood --
Lewis Carroll: the child as muse --
Edward Lear: the Victorian escape --
Inside the secret garden: the roots of Victorian fantasy --
J.M. Barrie: the boy who would not grow up --
Kenneth Grahame: Et in Arcadia ego --
A.A. Milne: the fantasy tamed --
Epilogue: From Alice in wonderland to Lolita.
Responsibility: Jackie Wullschläger.

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Beautifully illustrated throughout, Inventing Wonderland gives new insights into the Victorian world and our own modern view of the child, as seen through the lives and fantasies of Lewis Carroll,  Read more...

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