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A long waited book for us all,
This review is from: The Mystery of Lewis Carroll: Discovering the Whimsical, Thoughtful, and Sometimes Lonely Man Who Created Alice in Wonderland (Hardcover)
This has been the book long waited for.
In Lewis Carroll Studies the Myth has been dominant
not only among academic people but also among us
ordinary people, since Alice phenomena have penetrated
almost all the corners around the world.
The Myth has been concerned with the missing pages of
Lewis Carrol's diary.
The most potent and poignant one has been about Lewis Carroll's
love for Alice Liddel, whose synonyms are regarded as Lolita Complex
and paedophile. These labels, however, have been completely
wrong and yet so dominant that those who have been conscientious
find them hard to get rid of for those who could have been happy
The author's approaches to the Myth are sound and convincing;
you will witness them by your own reading of the book.
With her style that enables a seven-year-old child to understand,
Jenny Woolf also has done a good job to show youngsters as well
as adults what Lewis Carrol was really like, by going through the
paths that might have been trodden by this Victorian universal man.
The author, having published Lewis Carroll in His Own Account(ita)
five years ago, has got the good ground to put her feet covering
the academic and non-academic spheres, which her acknowledgement
It usually takes time for academic people to have a paradigm shift
even though they do study non academic texts as well.
Thus, with this background of Lewis Carroll Studies Woolf's book is a must
for Lewis Carroll lovers as well as people, who try to do justice to the
Victorian or if we just try to be good for goodness' sake.