Lewis Carrol

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Note sintetiche in inglese sull'autore di "Alice nel paese delle meraviglie" con riferimenti alla genesi dell'opera (1 pagine formato doc)

Lewis Carrol

Born in 1832 was the third child in a family of eleven imaginative and eccentric children who produced magazines containing parodies, word-games and puzzles, but he was educated at Rugby and Oxford University where he went on to lecture in mathematics.
His first and most famous children's story, "Alice's Adventures in wonderland" was published in 1865. After meeting Alice he expanded the improvised story into book form.

The alice books were considered unusual for the time. They had no apparent didactic purpose and contained no explicit moral. In the 20th century they began to be appreciated not only as children's classics but as major literary and philosophical works, exploring the limits of language and logic.
Lewis Carrol died in 1898.

-The plot

Alice's Adventures in wonderland has no real plot. Instead it follows a dream-logic as Alice, the protagonist, falls asleep and dreams of falling down a rabbit hole. She emerges in a surreal and illogical world whose nature and laws constantly change. Alice too begins to change, her body growing or shrinking depending on what she east or drinks. In this world Alice meets a series of fantastical talking animals and other characters: White Rabbit, March Hare, The Duchess, a mouse. Alice has forgotten or has confused everything she ever ever learned in school. Once she does to enter the garden she finds the Queen of Hearts and her court of playing cards engaged in an eternal croquet match whose rules are made up as they go along, while the Queen constantly demands that one or other of her subjects be executed for some incomprehensible offence, though no execution actually takes place. At this point she wakes up beside her elder sister to whom she recounts her dream. The book ends with the elder sister's melancholy reflection on the relationship of girlhood dreams to reality, imagining the real Alice as a grown woman telling her own children the tale of Alice in Wonderland.