VICTORIA THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS by Florence Beeker Lennon
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VICTORIA THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS

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An interesting, intelligent, investigatory biography of the author of the immortal Alice...that not only places Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) against his period but explores the inner world as it manifested itself in his writing and actions. Following his tangible life and the clues it gives, this biography develops his multiple personality in all its non-integration, the varying degrees of conditioning -- from heritage, family background and relationships, school and career -- to his friendship with the Liddell girls and the escape they offered him in his story telling. The progression from the first Alice stories to his other works, and what they embodied; further evidence of splits in his personality in his associations with illustrators, publishers, the little girls he knew -- and sketched -- in his doodles, love of gadgets, and the down spiral of disintegration through advancing age. Here is the tight box of Victorianism, the loop-holes through which Dodgson escaped and the final evidence of the fresh perspective his writings offered. A thematically sound, if controversial, character study in four dimensions. A very special item for discriminating readers.

Pub Date: March 28th, 1945
Publisher: Simon & Schuster