4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2006
Cohen may have a somewhat outdated picture of Carroll but this is the standard biography, full of facts and information, so I am giving it 5 stars. Cohen had access to family papers and has seen so much unpublished material, nobody can come close to his achievement and it is the biography to turn to if you want to know what happened in carroll's life. It's just a pity he's so convinced that Carroll was a closer paedophile as he is inclined to put fanciful interpretations on some bits of Carroll's life - and these fancies are NOT backed up by any of the facts he gives. I'm thinking specially of his interpretations of Carrolls unhappy early 1860s diary entries and meetings with little Alice. Cohen tries to tie these together but they just don't tie up at all as far as I can tell!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2014
A very thorough, readable biography that leads you to draw your own conclusions about this odd fellow, without having any agenda of its own. Well worth a read if you have an interest in the writer, but maybe not if you don't!
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2001
the publication of Leach's book 'In the Shadow of the Dreamchild' has rendered Cohen's assessment of Dodgson's sexuality and his relationship with Alice Liddell outdated and a little embarrassing.
Nonetheless I think his book is still worth reading for being the first serious attempt to fathom the enigma of Charles Dodgson.