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News Display: Alice in Wonderland Received as Christmas Present

On November 26, 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), an Oxford mathematician, sent 10 year Alice Liddell, the daughter of one of his Christ Church College colleagues, a handwritten manuscript entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground. While on a picnic, Dodgson made up the imaginative story of a young girl, Alice, who fell down a rabbit hole and encountered many unique characters and adventures -- among them a "Caucus Race", a Cheshire Cat, a mad tea party, and a royal trial in which the Knave of Hearts is accused of stealing the Queen's tarts. The real Alice and her sister pleaded with him to write it down, and indeed Dodgson did, adding in 37 whimsical illustrations, -- and sent it to Alice for Christmas.

The tale of Alice would become an internationally beloved work of children's literature, along with its fine sequel, Through the Looking Glass (1871).

Come see interesting stories about the origin, publication, and reception of Alice in Wonderland, as we examine the literary sphere through the media.

The Everett Cafe features thematic news displays on a wide range of educational topics, in addition to daily postings of headlines from around the world.

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  • Jennifer Govan
  • 212-678-3022
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