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Alice pre-Wonderland.


Charles Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll) was a fellow in mathematics at Oxford when he made the acquaintance of Alice Liddell, the six-year-old daughter of the dean of Christ Church. An enthusiastic photographer and adorer of children, particularly girls, Dodgson shot Alice throughout her childhood, most famously producing this suggestive photograph in 1858. Four years later, he concocted a tale to entertain Alice and her sisters that became the children's classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In a book out this spring, The Alice Behind Wonderland, Simon Winchester observes that while there's no evidence that Dodgson acted improperly, his fondness for photographing young girls "puzzles and intrigues to this day."

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Title Annotation:PORTRAIT
Publication:The Wilson Quarterly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2011
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