Lewis Carroll Week: The Wrap Up

Well, that week flew by, didn’t it? So what did I take away from reading all these books? I think the main thing is, that whatever my opinion may be about the man Lewis Carroll – or rather Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, as he was really called – his importance to the development of children’s literature as we know it today can’t be denied. The second thing I’ve learned, is that I definitely need a plot to my stories for me not to go crazy. I really didn’t enjoy the fact that there wasn’t a true plot to Alice in Wonderland, I guess I need the structure of a plot to find my way through a narrative. Lastly, I’ve learned that you can overdose on a certain author or subject. While I really enjoyed preparing for this week, after I finished my final book last week, I was secretly a little relieved I didn’t have to read anything Lewis Carroll anymore, at least not in the near future!

What was really cool was that the British Library announced that they were giving away the digitalised version of Alice’s Adventures Underground – the original manuscript hand-written and illustrated by Lewis Carroll himself – for free for two weeks from September 19th. How perfect was that timing?! So go grab it before the offer runs out!

So before we really wrap this week up completely, here is an overview of this week’s posts:

Lewis Carroll Week: An Introduction
Lewis Carroll- Alice in Wonderland
Michael Bakewell – Lewis Carroll: A Biography
Lewis Carroll – Through the Looking-Glass
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland on Floor to Ceiling Books
Thomas Hinde – Lewis Carroll: Looking-Glass Letters
Kate Sullivan (ed.) – (re)Visions: Alice
Lewis Carroll Week: The Wrap Up

Whew, that’s more posts than I counted on when I started preparing for this week! But I had a lot of fun preparing them for you and I hope you enjoyed my Lewis Carroll Week!


3 thoughts on “Lewis Carroll Week: The Wrap Up”

  1. Alice in Wonderland set the stage for a lot of children's literature, but it was also a crazy journey that many adults find more readable than somewhat confused children. The surreality is at once charming and eventually over the top and annoying to me. Mainly, I get really sick of Alice. She doesn't feel much like a real girl to me at all, though understandably we are several generations apart. Lewis Carroll's work receives a lot of close attention and analysis, but frankly I think Baum and his OZ books are sophisticated without losing their childhood charm or losing the plot in oddity, as odd as they are.

  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one to feel this way Bets! And I think you're right that Alice doesn't feel real, though that may be due to the fact that she's the perfect fantasy version of Carroll's big love Alice Liddell, she's been romanticised unto infinity I think.

    I think I read the Oz books in translation when I was in primary school, but it might be a cool idea to look them up and reread them to see how those hold uo for me!

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