The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland
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Titel: The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the ...
Verlag: Belknap/ Harvard
Einband: Hardcover, illus
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: New
Auflage: First Edition; First Printing.
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[A] masterful biography.--Anne Cunningham"Irish Independent" (04/11/2015)
Anyone who loves the Alice books will here find new reasons to love them.--Rob Hardy"Columbus Dispatch" (06/11/2015)
Remarkable...[Douglas-Fairhurst] casts a wide net, brilliantly bringing together the stories of Carroll, Alice Liddell and the Alice phenomenon itself to provide the most nuanced and convincing picture yet of Wonderland's quirky, self-effacing creator...Thanks to The Story of Alice, we have not merely "The Secret History of Wonderland" that its subtitle promises, but also a secret history of our virtual age.--Michael Saler"Wall Street Journal" (06/06/2015)
The latest entrant to the Carrollian maze is Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, who has written The Story of Alice. As someone who teaches English at Magdalen College, Oxford, he is nicely positioned for the task--a stroll away from Christ Church, the college where the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson taught mathematics, and the longtime residence of Lewis Carroll, who was almost, but not quite, the same person. The pair of them tussled, like Tweedledum and Tweedledee.--Anthony Lane"New Yorker" (06/08/2015)
The Story of Alice is the best book on the myriad enigmas of Carroll's heart-breaking wonderland I have ever read.--Robert McCrum"The Observer" (03/22/2015)
Shot through with energy and ideas...The Story of Alice takes us, full throttle, back to the unalloyed passion of reading. This is what it is like to open a book, and to wonder.--Frances Wilson"Daily Telegraph" (04/04/2015)
Douglas-Fairhurst [has] precision and liveliness as a narrator. He is constantly surprising and often shocking, quietly and carefully. The Story of Alice is splendidly interesting about the world in which the Alice books were written...Douglas-Fairhurst is a startling and exciting writer...[The Alice books] are eventually books for solitary, surprised children. How did [Carroll] do that? This book helps us to see, even while unraveling our innocence.--A. S. Byatt"The Spectator" (03/28/2015)
Alice's sesquicentennial--how Lewis Carroll would have loved that word--will be marked globally by events large and small...And there will be books, of course...Few are liable to be as compulsively readable as Robert Douglas-Fairhurst's The Story of Alice. [It] is informative on what went into the making of Wonderland, from the Victorians' intense focus on the underground--both literal (the tube) and fantastic (Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth)--to Carroll's anxiety about rapid change (like the Red Queen, he always thought he had to run faster and faster, just to stay where he was). And it's brilliant in the way it mirrors Carroll's own protean nature, offering no overarching theme, except to establish that its subject was not a man to provide two possible meanings for all he did and said, not so long as he could stuff in three or more.--Brian Bethune"Maclean's" (06/01/2015)
An eager, zestful book that is hard to define. With perceptive delicacy [Douglas-Fairhurst] mixes the outwardly staid factual biography of Dodgson with the weird emotional development of Carroll. He writes with lightly worn authority about Victorian literature. He excavates some unlikely sources submerged in Alice in Wonderland. He unpicks and interprets Carroll's ideas and techniques in his two pendant works for 'child-friends'--Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) and the richly inventive poem The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits (1876)...Douglas-Fairhurst is fascinating on the afterlife of Alice Liddell...The Story of Alice is a pantechnicon of a book neatly loaded with good things.--Richard Davenport-Hines"Sunday Times" (03/22/2015)
Scholarly, playful and richly entertaining...[Douglas-Fairhurst's] literary insights are--as you might expect of an Oxford professor of English--illuminating (he links the sighing expiration of the gnat in Looking-Glass to Shakespeare's Cymbeline). His knowledge of subjects such as Victorian theatre, children's books, photography, inventiveness, seaside holidays and the cult of prepubescent girls is compendious but lightly worn. On the tricky subject of Carroll's sexuality he is bracingly sensible.--Jane Shilling"London Evening Standard" (04/02/2015)
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