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The Whirlwind of Alice Curiouser and curiousercried Alice Carroll Alices Adventures in Wonderland 9 At the time she was speaking of the fact that her body seemed to be growing to immense proportions before her very eyes however she could instead have been speaking about the entire nature of Lewis Carrolls classic works Alices Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass At first glance the novels seem easy enough to understand They are simple childrens stories filled with fantastical language and wonderful worlds They follow the basic genre of nearly all childrens work they are written in simple and clear language feature a young hero and an amazing unbelievable cast of characters are set in places of mystery and illusion and seem far too nonsensical and unusual for adults to enjoy Even their author Lewis Carroll believed them to be childrens stories Yet Carroll and generations of parents and children have been wrong While these stories may seem typical childrens fare they are distinctly different Their symbolism content and message make the Alice books uniquely intended for adults Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born in 1832 in Victorian England He was a mathematics professor but he had a very peculiar dual identity Most of the time he was C L Dodgson the shy stammering mathematics professor but on occasion he became Lewis Carroll the dynamic fantasist and parodist He began his career in writing by publishing typical and uninspiring tracts about mathematics and politics but after an inspirational boat ride with three young girls he began the works which would influence a century of youngsters and inspire decades of critics Matuz 105 The three girls Lorina Edith and Alice Liddell gave him a release of spirits that he found nowhere else Hudson 266 He played with them relaxed with them and became young again by their acquaintance Perhaps most importantly though he told them stories On July 4 1862 he told them the
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