About the book
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is of the best loved children’s books of all time. This is the original manuscript of the book, handwritten and illustrated by Lewis Carroll. The story tells of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole into a hallucinogenic world populated by talking packs of cards, and animals who look at pocket watches, smoke pipes and have tea parties. The tale was first told by Carroll to three young girls on a river boat trip in Oxford in 1862. The children, especially Alice, adored the story and begged Carroll to write it down. Eventually, he wrote out the whole text, using neat handwriting so that the young Alice was able to read it. The book was first published in 1865.
About the Author – Lewis Carroll
This book was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under his pen name: Lewis Carroll. He was a man of many interests including mathematics, logic, astronomy, and philosophy.
Born in 1832, he went to college in Oxford and contributed to various papers by writing and drawing. He then taught mathematics at college while pursuing his work at The Comic Times. Author of several mathematics treaties, he also wrote novels.
As he was very fond of children and entertaining them, he wrote Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the looking glass and what Alice found there. In fact he modeled Alice’s character on the daughter of a friend. He died in 1898.
The illustrations of Alice in Wonderland are the works of John Tenniel and were published with Carroll’s original text.
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