The Mystery of Lewis Carroll

The Mystery of Lewis Carroll

Discovering the Whimsical, Thoughtful, and Sometimes Lonely Man Who Created Alice in Wonderland

Book - 2010
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A new biography of Lewis Carroll, just in time for the release of Tim Burton's all-star Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll was brilliant, secretive and self contradictory. He reveled in double meanings and puzzles, in his fiction and his life. Jenny Woolf's The Mystery of Lewis Carroll shines a new light on the creator of Alice In Wonderland and brings to life this fascinating, but sometimes exasperating human being whom some have tried to hide. Using rarely-seen and recently discovered sources, such as Carroll's accounts ledger and unpublished correspondence with the "real" Alice's family, Woolf sets Lewis Carroll firmly in the context of the English Victorian age and answers many intriguing questions about the man who wrote the Alice books, such as:* Was it Alice or her older sister that caused him to break with the Liddell family?* How true is the gossip about pedophilia and certain adult women that followed him?* How true is the "romantic secret" which many think ruined Carroll's personal life?* Who caused Carroll major financial trouble and why did Carroll successfully conceal that person's identity and actions?Woolf answers these and other questions to bring readers yet another look at one of the most elusive English writers the world has known.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312612986
Characteristics: x, 326 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Dec 09, 2017

(*Lewis Carroll quote*) - "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there."

Born in 1832 (the eldest of 11 children) - Lewis Carroll (birth-name - Charles Dodgson) was an English writer, mathematician, logician, and photographer.

Carroll is, of course, best known for his fascinating work of fiction titled "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" which was first published in 1865. It was a delightful tale of adventure that quickly went on to become a bona-fide classic in children's literature.

Competently researched and written by Jenny Woolf - This biography of Carroll (who never married) is an in-depth character-portrait that closely analyzes many of the contradictory aspects of Carroll's sometimes puzzling personality traits.

(*Note*) - In 1898 - Lewis Carroll (65 at the time) died of pneumonia following a severe bout of influenza.

Dimmu16 Apr 05, 2012

this book is too perfect! It tells you everything you need to know about Lewis Caroll and more! If your doing a project on him or Alice in wonderland this is perfect to get you en A+!

ser_library Nov 21, 2010

a fan's justifying biography of Lewid Sarroll and Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

great pictures


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at BDL

To Top