The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland

Author(s): Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Biography & Memoir

This title was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Biography Award. This is the secret story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage. But beneath the fairy tale lies the complex history of the author and his subject. Charles Dodgson was a quiet academic but his second self, Lewis Carroll, was a storyteller, innovator and avid collector of 'child-friends'. Carroll's imagination was to give Alice Liddell, his 'dream-child', a fictional alter ego that would never let her grow up. This is a biography that beautifully unravels the magic of Alice. It is a history of love and loss, innocence and ambiguity. It is the story of one man's need to make a Wonderland in a changing world.


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The definitive biography of Lewis Carroll, his child-muse Alice Liddell, and the creation of Alice in Wonderland SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD

Shortlisted for Costa Biography Award 2016 and Costa Biography Award 2015.

"It is the ultimate book about Alice - comprehensive and scholarly, but so delightfully and elegantly written that it's a true work of literature" -- Jacqueline Wilson "The Story of Alice is the best book on the myriad enigmas of Carroll's heart-breaking wonderland I have ever read" -- Robert McCrum Observer "Superb...toweringly the best of the dozens of books on Carroll which I have read" -- AN Wilson Financial Times "Douglas-Fairhurst is a startling and exciting writer" -- A.S. Byatt Spectator "This is biography at its best" -- Lyndall Gordon New Statesman

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Magdalen College. His most recent book, Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist, won the Duff Cooper Prize.

General Fields

  • : 9780099594031
  • : Vintage Publishing
  • : Vintage
  • : April 2016
  • : United Kingdom
  • : April 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
  • : Paperback
  • : 316
  • : en
  • : 823.8
  • : 496