A shy Anglican deacon from England was inspired by a little girl to write a story that is still considered to be the best example of literary nonsense and is still very influential in popular culture and literature. Under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1885) and introduced a world filled with anthropomorphic creatures.
Alice is a young girl who is bored by her older sister and follows a white rabbit with a pocket watch. She falls down a rabbit hole and comes by a bottle labeled “drink me” and a cake labeled “eat me”. The confused girl encounters a mouse, a dodo, a blue caterpillar and Bill the Lizard. She spends most of the story both growing and shrinking in side due to the food she eats.
During the course of this book, Alice meets most of the characters that are still beloved today, such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Queen of Hearts. Also there is the introduction of the famous “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was followed by Through the Looking Glass (1871.)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is the second book in Children’s Classics month.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland can be found in your local library, the website for the Bergen County Cooperative Library System can be found here or at your local Barnes and Noble in Hackensack.
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