Recensie: The story of Alice

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Auteur: Robert Douglas Fairhurst
Titel: The story of Alice – Lewis Carroll and the secret history of Wonderland
Genre: Non-Fictie, biografie
Taal: Engels
Jaar: 2015
ISBN: 9781846558610
Aantal pagina’s: 496
Gelezen: Januari 2022
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Omslagtekst:
Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage – a shortcut for all that is beautiful and confusing; a metaphor used by artists, writers and politicians for 150 years.

But beneath the fairy tale lies the complex history of the author and his subject: of Charles Dodgson, the quiet academic, and his second self, Lewis Carroll – storyteller, innovator and avid collector of ‘child-friends’. And of his ‘dream-child’, Alice Liddell, and the fictional alter ego that would never let her grow up.

This is their secret story: a history of love and loss, of innocence and ambiguity, and of one man’s need to make Wonderland his refuge in a rapidly changing world.

Drawing on previously unpublished material, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst traces the creation and influence of the Alice books against a shifting cultural landscape – the birth of photography, changing definitions of childhood and sexuality and the tensions inherent in the transition between the Victorian and modern worlds. 

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