The Story Of Lewis Carroll’s Worrying Relationship With The Young Girl Behind Alice In Wonderland

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“Who in the world am I?” asks Alice at one point in the classic children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. “Ah, that’s the great puzzle!” In fact, it has long been supposed that the book’s fictional protagonist was based on a real-life 11-year-old girl called Alice Liddell. And the author, it seems, was disturbingly fixated on her.

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Written in 1865 by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll, the book tells the story of a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole. Transported to Wonderland, she meets a host of fantastical creatures – a Mad Hatter, a Cheshire Cat and a Queen of Hearts, to name but a few. However, in Wonderland, nothing is as ever as it seems.

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“I have had some scores of child-friends since your time,” Dodgson wrote to Liddell in later life, “but they have been quite a different thing.” In fact, according to the allegations of several researchers, Dodgson’s relationship with Liddell may not have been an innocent friendship at all, but something altogether darker…

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