c.1862: The real Alice in Wonderland

“Alice Liddell (1852–1934) inspired the children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. 

“On 4 July 1862, in a rowing boat travelling on the Isis in Oxford for a picnic, 10-year-old Alice asked Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) to entertain her and her sisters, Edith (age 8) and Lorina (age 13), with a story.

As the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed the boat, Dodgson regaled the girls with stories, not unlike those Dodgson had spun for the sisters before, but this time Liddell asked Mr. Dodgson to write it down for her. He eventually presented her with the manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground in November 1864.”

- Wikipedia

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  1. The Gossamer Tearoom

    I love how adorably sullen she was and so nothing like the blonde Alice we have seen in all of the illustrations and movies! I enjoyed the fictionalized account of Alice Liddell’s life in Melanie Benjamin’s “Alice I Have Been”.

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