Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll!

The poet and storyteller Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898) was born on this date in Chesire, England. He was the creator of two of the most famous and well read books in the entire world, ALICE's ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and its sequel, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE (both books commonly shortened to and instantly recognizable as, just plain Alice in Wonderland). The characters of which are equally if not more well-known than their creator. So, here's to old Dodgson, Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll!


  1. And I just started watching the newest edition of the movie the other night! The one I recall the best from growing up is the one with Sammy Davis Jr. and Carol Channing. They used to play it every year on TV, and though it totally creeped me out, I loved it!

  2. Jeez, Wallace, I don't remember that at all. My favorite has always been the Walt Disney version which a lot of people don't like, but I love. It's the movie that convinced me, when I was a kid, that I wanted to go to art school. So it's kind of special for me. ;)

  3. I'm not a fan, but the artwork here just blew my socks off!

    No wonder it inspired you to go to art school.

    But I think you missed your calling as a writer--and a wit.

    If you had been looking for a career years later, though, you could have been a website designer.

    I tell you I look forward to see what new books, posters, movies, artwork, etc., is put up here, and I do feel like I'm entering a museum when I blog in.

  4. Kathy: I am thrilled you like my blog so much. I do work really hard at keeping it as good looking and interesting as I can. This blog is a reflection of who I am, if you 'get' the blog, you more-or-less, 'get' me. :)

    Thanks again for the kind words. They are very much appreciated, believe me.

  5. When I was a chld, Yvette, I had a collection of records in which Cyril Richard reads the entire Alice in Wonderland. I used to listen to that over and over until I had parts of the book memorized. So I'm absolutely devoted to Lewis Carroll. I can get very few of my students interested, however, and I'm not sure why.

  6. Oh, that's too bad, Robin. Maybe if you showed them the Tim Burton film? Ha! I think maybe kids today don't have the same sense of wonder and imagination when it comes to certain sorts of fantasy. Maybe if Alice packed a Glock...! Just kidding.

    I, too, remember certain parts verbatim and often use them in conversation but most of the time people don't know what I'm referring to. Times change. I often think, too, that the Mad Hatter wasn't, perhaps, THAT mad. One of my favorite lines is his: "It's very easy to take more than nothing."

    Now that makes sense to me. Ha!

    But there will always be fans, I think. They just haven't showed up in your classroom.

  7. Gorgeous selection of covers! I know people say "don't judge a book by its cover" but... it's always nicer reading the beautiful illustrated edition ;)

  8. Curiously, I don't like neitehr the Disney version, nor Tim Burton's... I actually enjoyed the one produced by the Hallmark Channel (I think...).

  9. Brioche: There's such a varied selection of 'Alice in Wonderland' creations. One for each of us. :) My favorite cover is the one at the top - the blue book.


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