Alice Liddell from Wonderland.
Alice Pleasance Liddell was born on May 4, 1852 in Westminster, London. The beautiful girl was the prototype of the character of Alice from “Alice in Wonderland”. “Alice in Wonderland” – one of the most famous works in the world. The relationship between Liddell and Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) has been the source of much controversy. Many biographers have supposed that Dodgson was romantically or sexually attached to the child, though there has never been any direct proof for this and more benign accounts assume merely a platonic fondness.
On July 4, 1862 on a boat trip Alice Liddell asked her friend Charles Dodgson to make up a story for her and her sisters Edith and Laura’s. Dodgson, who previously had to tell stories to children, readily agreed. This time, he told the sisters about the adventures of a little girl in a subterranean land, where she came, falling into a hole of the White Rabbit. The main character is very reminiscent of Alice. The story of Alice Liddell was so pleased that she asked the narrator to record it.
Discovery of cryptic letter raises questions about author’s relationship with ‘real-life Alice’. Speculation about just how close Carroll, a lifelong bachelor, was to the children he loved has simmered for decades. Alice’s father was the Dean of Christ Church and Dodgson was a close friend of the family until there was a mysterious cooling of relations in 1863, when she was 11.
He had many ‘child friends’ and was an avid photographer, taking pictures of young girls, often nude. Dodgson hated anyone knowing about his private life and never gave interviews.
Following his death in 1898, aged 65, pages from his diaries were censored or destroyed, and not one of his ten brothers and sisters ever spoke about him to outsiders. The letter, which has been in private hands, is to be sold next week by auctioneers Hampton and Littlewood, of Exeter.
Alice Liddell from Wonderland