The Mystery of Lewis Carroll

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

Jenny Woolf; Foreword by Edward Wakeling

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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 Using rarely-seen and recently discovered sources, such as Carroll’s accounts ledger and unpublished correspondence with the “real” Alice’s family, Woolf sets Lewis Carroll firmly in the context of the English Victorian age and answers many intriguing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.

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‘My Father and Mother were
honest though poor …’
Family
…An island-farm – broad seas of corn
Stirred by the wandering breath of morn –
The happy spot where I was born.
‘Faces in the Fire’
It is a curious thing that Lewis Carroll, so closely associated with Victorian childhood, hardly ever spoke about his own childhood. Not only did he refrain from discussing his youth, but almost nobody else left personal memories of it either. His brothers and sisters supplied only a few carefully edited recollections of him as a boy.

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Jenny Woolf; Foreword by Edward Wakeling

JENNY WOOLF has written for The Sunday Times Magazine (UK), Reader’s Digest, and Islands and has reviewed children’s literature for Punch. She is author of Lewis Carroll in His Own Account. She lives in England.

Jenny Woolf

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The Mystery of Lewis Carroll
Discovering the Whimsical, Thoughtful, and Sometimes Lonely Man Who Created "Alice in Wonderland"
Jenny Woolf; Foreword by Edward Wakeling

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
February 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312612986
ISBN10: 0312612982
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes one 16-page black-and-white photograph section
$27.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312673710
ISBN10: 031267371X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes one 16-page black-and-white photograph section
$18.99

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St. Martin's Press
February 2010
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ISBN: 9781429968393
ISBN10: 1429968397
336 pages
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