Did You Know?
- That it is widely believed that Alice is based on Alice Liddell, a child friend of Lewis Carroll?
- The book is filled with in-jokes that only Alice Liddell and her family and friends would understand?
- Many of the characters are based on people that Carroll and the Liddells knew?
- The story takes place on May 4th, Alice Liddell's birthday?
- It is believed that there are many references to mathematical concepts throughout the book? Carroll was a mathematician, so this could be true. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is probably one of the most analyzed books of all time.
- Louis Carroll's real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson?
- Dodgson never publicly acknowledged that he was Louis Carroll? He did acknowledge it among his friends.
- He had numerous health issues throughout his life? Dodgson had a fever that left him deaf in one ear, suffered whooping cough, had a weak chest, and stammered.
- In addition to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Dodgson also wrote numerous mathematical texts?
- Dodgson first told the story to Alice Liddell on a rowing trip on July 4, 1862? Alice begged him to wrote it down, and he finally did, giving her a handwritten and illustrated manuscript in 1864, entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
Here's one of my favorite parts of Disney's interpretation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.