Thursday, March 4, 2010

The History Of Alice In Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is written by the English author  Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who used a pseudonym Lewis Carroll.  It has become one of the most famous children's books of all time, one that appeals to children as well as adults. The story tells what happens to a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy world which has different imaginary creatures and objects that come alive, like talking playing cards.
Alice in Wonderland It is a delightful adventure story in which a normal, healthy, little girl reacts to the reality of the adult world. Alice's intelligent responses and her reactions to encountering the most enchanting characters are the reasons that make adults love Alice along with their children.

The Inspiration:

Alice Pleasance Liddell was born on May 4th 1852, to Henry George Liddel  and his wife Lorina Hanna. Alice was the fourth of 10 children. She had two older brothers and an older sister. She also had six younger siblings. Two of her brothers died young.

Alice grew up ,ostly with two sisters nearest to her in age: Lorina, who was three years older, and Edith, who was two years younger.

In 1880 Alice married at the age of 28. They had three sons but unfortunately two of them, Alan Knyveton Hargreaves and Leopold Reginald Hargreaves, were killed in World War I. Caryl Liddell Hargreaves was the only surviving son who was to give Alice her only grandchild, a girl.

Alice was an educated woman and she lived the life of a land-lady. She was also an enthusiastic painter.
After the death of husband Reginald Hargreaves Alice sold her manuscript of "Alice's Adventures Under Ground" in Sotheby’s auction house in 1928. It was bought by an American who paid 15,400 pounds for it. That was an enormous amount of money in those days. In 1932, at the age of 80, Alice published her own memoirs and two years later, on 15 November 1934, she died in Westerham, Kent.

A picture of the real "Alice"

Such wonderful stories as "Alice In Wonderland" are the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the world today.  Thank goodness for the creativity of these inspirations and the authors of these stories.

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