Day 2 — NaBloPoMo November Challenge (221 words)

As I anticipated yesterday, the photograph of Alice Liddell dressed up as a beggar-maid would inspire any number of stories. It did.

The Liddell Sisters. Lorina, Ida and Alice, by Lewis Carroll 1869

The Liddell Sisters. Lorina, Ida and Alice, by Lewis Carroll 1869

The Liddell Riddle

The broad facts are well enough known. He studied at Christ Church, Oxford and later taught mathematics there. He wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for the three daughters of Henry Liddell, Dean of the College. Their names – Ina, Alice and Edith – are almost legend, the golden afternoon on the river that gave rise to the story immortalised in Dodgson’s own verse.

Extract from Times Literary Supplement, May 3 1996 – article by Karoline Leach

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is better known, of course, as Lewis Carroll. Beyond the broad facts described above, the many biographies of his later years are curiously contradictory. Was Lewis Carroll a paedophile, as some assert, due to his unconventional interest in young girls?

I’m assuming, at this point, that much of this conjecture exists because of a diary he kept, and the few pages torn out of it around the time of his inexplicable break with the Liddell family in the summer of 1863.

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NOTE: I’ll be following Karolyn Leach’s lead as her research was instrumental in debunking what she calls the “Carroll Myth.” 

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