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Questions about the works of Lewis Carrol (pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 1832-1898), such as 'Alice in Wonderland', or his life as a writer..

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What - if anything - was Artaud trying to achieve with his odd translation of Through the Looking Glass?

Antonin Artaud was a French theatre practitioner who is sometimes associated with the surrealists. Among his ideas was a desire to get "beyond" the limitations of language and to a freer ...
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What do these two lines in Lewis Carroll's "All in the golden afternoon..." mean?

The poem, a preface to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, begins as follows: All in the golden afternoon Full leisurely we glide; For both our oars, with little skill, By little arms are plied, ...
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Is there anything deeper about the comparisons between Queenie and the Red Queen in "Code Name Verity"?

There's a sequence in Code Name Verity where one of the main characters, called "Queenie" here, is compared to the Red Queen. The time period is WWII. A future version of Queenie is the one &...
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Why so many poems about fish in Through The Looking-Glass?

Lewis Carroll's famous flight of fantasy Through the Looking-Glass, a sequel to the even more famous Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, contains a lot of nonsense poetry, much of which relates to fish. ...
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What are the origins of the claim that Lewis Carroll was on drugs (or writing about drugs) when he wrote Alice in Wonderland?

There is a claim that Lewis Carroll was on drugs of some sort when he wrote Alice in Wonderland (or that the book is about drug use). Regardless of the truth (or lack thereof) of these claims, what ...
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What did Lewis Carroll mean by 'a grin without a cat'?

Source: Five Ideas to Fight For (2016) by Anthony Lester QC. p. 88 Top. Coalition politics Though it is a model law, the Act was attacked when the coalition came to power. Senior Conservative ...
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Were other characters apart from Alice inspired by real life people?

It is a commonly known fact that Lewis Carroll based Alice in his Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass on Alice Liddell, after she asked him to tell him a story. But were ...
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Is Alice in Wonderland about drugs?

I recently read Alice in Wonderland, and was struck by the use of organic substances (mushrooms, drinks) to alter reality. There seems to a strong pro drug message in the story line. A news article ...
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Why is a raven like a writing desk?

"Mad Hatter: 'Why is a raven like a writing-desk?' ... 'Have you guessed the riddle yet?' the Hatter said, turning to Alice again. 'No, I give it up,' Alice replied: 'What’s the answer?' 'I ...
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How big an impact did Lewis Carroll have on the English language?

Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" was, at the time it was written, even more nonsensical than it seems today, because some of the words which Carroll invented for it have since passed into common usage in ...
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