Still She Haunts Me

Still She Haunts Me

Katie Roiphe


Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was once a shy Oxford mathematician, reverend, and pioneering photographer. lower than the pen identify Lewis Carroll he wrote beautiful classics that liberated kid's literature from the limitations of Victorian moralism. however the specific nature of his courting with Alice Liddell, daughter of the dean of his collage, and the younger lady who used to be his muse and topic, is still mysterious. Dodgson met Alice in 1856, while she was once nearly 4 years outdated. finally he could seize her in his pictures, and rework the tales he instructed her into the luminous Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & during the Looking-Glass. Then, by surprise, whilst Alice used to be 11, the Liddell relatives close him out, and his dating with Alice ended unexpectedly. The pages from Dodgson's diary that could have defined the rift have disappeared. In imagining what may have occurred, Katie Roiphe has created a deep, textured portrait of Alice and Dodgson: she altering from an unruly baby to a bewitching adolescent, and he, a diffident, neurasthenic grownup whose expanding obsession along with her nearly destroys him. the following, too, is a brilliantly discovered forged of characters that encompass them: Lorina Liddell, Alice's mom, who loves her daughter whilst she envies her early life; Edith Liddell, Alice's envious little sister; and James Hunt, Dodgson's speech therapist, an island of sanity in Dodgson's more and more chaotic global.

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