Friday, 7 July 2017

Whilst Looking For Nothing In Particular,

I came across this novel,

 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, completed in 1984, the gem of the story happened in 1852, when Henry Liddell and three of his ten daughters, daughters (the middle one called Alice), accompanied Charles on a trip along the River Thames, 

 to make the book more interesting Charles added drawings to many of the pages which were eventually given to Alice as a Christmas present,

 it was a personal book in his own handwriting with illustrations he drew himself, He knew a children's book needed pictures, as he says himself on the first page,

 'Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, and where is the use of a book, thought Alice, without pictures or conversations?'

you can see those illustrations in scans of the original manuscript at Flashbak, the pages with no illustrations aren't there, but you should know the story well enough to fill in the blanks if you want to read it in the handwriting of Lewis Carroll, which was the pen name for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, or there is a PDF version here, as an aside the book was banned both by China in 1931 for Anthropomorphism and in the USA in the early 1900s, the state of New Hampshire banned the book from all public schools because the novel was accused of promoting sexual fantasies, but it is unclear whether the reference is to the book or author, and after Disney's 1951 animated production of the film Alice in Wonderland, 10 years later it was considered to encourage drug use, but thankfully the book and film were not burned!

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