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Lewis Carroll: Alice In Wonderland

Tue Jan 27, 2015, 6:49 PM
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The more one is denied something, the more one desires it.

The more oppressive the strictures circumscribing one’s life, the more delirious become that person’s dreams. The more prohibitions and sacrifices one accepts as a life’s duty, the more ingenious must become the approved “escapes.” Lewis Carroll chose the life of a deacon dedicated to God. He escaped into the company of three little girls and their brother and a form of fairy tale–writing that was “perfect nonsense.” His was a life of perfectly ordered madness.

The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born in Cheshire, England, on January 27th, 1832, but he will be remembered forever by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. Author of Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through The Looking Glass, The Jabberwocky and The Hunting of the Snark, his books are the undisputed greatest works of “literary nonsense,” that most marvelous category of fiction.

Dodgson was a math tutor at Oxford University as well as a deacon of the Anglican Church.

His position at the university afforded him lodgings on the campus where he had an excellent view of the wonderful walled–in garden in the center of the grounds. It may well have been from that window in 1855 that the then twenty three year old tutor first saw the three daughters of the new dean Henry Liddell and his wife Lorina; Ina, Alice and Edith were their names. They also had a son, Harry, and would later have five more children, but it was the three girls who eventually caught the deacon’s eye. Having recently become a photographer, Dodgson immediately set about photographing the girls. After initially proving too fidgety to have their pictures taken, they soon took to it as they got to know the somewhat reclusive man who would often speak with a stammer.

The Reverend adored all three girls and through his growing friendship with dean Liddell himself was encouraged to continue taking photographs of the children. But it was six–year–old Alice Liddell who became his favorite. Liddell’s nine–year–old son Harry adopted Dodgson as a father figure. Dodgson taught Harry math and rowing and took him on outings around the city.

As Dodgson’s reputation as a photographer grew, so too did the number of requests by parents wanting him to photograph their children. He took over 3000 photographs during his life, no mean feat in that age of glass negatives. Over half his subjects were children. In some of these pictures the children were naked or semi–naked, including the Liddell children, Dodgson always having sought and been granted permission for the nudity beforehand. While this may shock people today, in Victorian England it was even acceptable to put semi–naked children on postcards; after all, this was about capturing their innocence as art. The average Victorian could go a lifetime without it ever occurring to him that a child might be the object of sexual abuse.

In 1862, Dodgson took the three Liddell girls on a boating trip.

By this time they knew each other very well and the young math tutor had a surprise for them. He told them the story of a young girl called Alice who fell down a rabbit hole and found herself in Wonderland. The ideas for Carroll’s first book about “Alice” may have come from his photographic compositions of children posed in whimsical attitudes and fantasy settings. It has even been suggested his visions were a result of migraine headaches. But there is no doubt the main inspiration was the Liddell children and Alice in particular.

His relationship with the children ended the following year when an undisclosed event caused him to break ties with the Liddells. While he started socializing with the dean and his wife again a few months later, his relationship with the children had changed. He did present young Alice with a bound copy of his “Alice” story in 1864, then entitled Alice’s Adventures Underground.

In 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland saw publication in an expanded format.

The author was Lewis Carroll although Dodgson went to no effort to hide his identity and the book made him immensely popular with parents and their children. He was even called upon to entertain Queen Victoria’s grandchildren.

Carroll went on to write a sequel to Alice In Wonderland, called Alice Through The Looking Glass which included the story The Jabberwocky. The Hunting Of The Snark was a long form poem and a sequel of sorts to The Jabberwocky that shares many of the nonsensical beats that made Alice so unique.

Lewis Carroll who so loved the company of children never had any of his own.

Being a deacon he remained at Oxford unmarried until his death in 1898. A visit to his sisters living outside of London resulted in the pneumonia that would transport him out of this world and into the next. The man who taught so many the joy of indulging their maddest daydreams lives on in the hearts of every child who meets his “Alice” and joins her in her adventures.

Your Thoughts

  1. Do you know Alice? If you have never had the pleasure, don’t you think it’s time you got to know each other?
  2. What novel or book series would you suggest to others who might wish to get lost down a rabbit hole?

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(-404) Deviant Found, vol. 55

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 10:39 AM
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Daily Lit Recognition for January 28th, 2015

We are proud to feature today's Daily Literature Recognition!

You can show your support by :+favlove:ing this News Article.

Please comment and :+fav: the features and congratulate the artists!


Featured by: Carmalain7

YardarmI'm sitting in an alpha male's
piece of shit old car. Lunch break,
30 degrees in the shade,
the sun's burning down our arms;
and he's right pleased with himself,
you can tell by the way his hands
are touching the wheel
and the way his mouth is touching
his hand-rolled cigarette.
Impassive jaw, he looks away.
Hand to mouth,
mouth to hand,
my fleeting gaze.
Bright, smoked and ugly
the bush is flashing by -
I'm all those things and more,
there's a wolf's curve to my spine.

Yardarm by Meggie272

The use of an instant to tell a story.

Suggested by: MagicalJoey

Featured by: TwilightPoetess

waking the dragonshe circled ragged fingers,
enveloping tiny blackened silhouettes
of monarch moths lingering
at daybreak inside a silver womb.
barefoot and drenched,
she wove herself into
a dream of trampled wings
and fading pastels.
waking, she lifts a prayer skyward.
the budding wings of butterflies
reflect and refract in burning light.
she peels layer of silken cocoon
from her flaky flesh, and
it smells like morning dew.
glistening, she renews
as a girl with stained glass eyes
the color of a rustic sunset,
and she watches wet wings
whirl wistfully toward the horizon.
and she prays the demons stay at bay.

waking the dragon by SeamlessMaiden

The imagery in this poem will leave your jaw 
hitting the floor. A must-read!


Featured by doodlerTM

ReflectionI found a couple of old photo albums in my attic. They were thrown away in some cardboard boxes and forgotten. Somehow I avoided looking through them. Whenever I came up here, it was for the sole purpose of writing without being bothered by anyone.
 But today, the curiosity seemed to be a bomb at the back of my head, waiting to explode.
 I sneezed several times as my hands opened, grabbed and took out everything from postcards to books and letters. Even clothes. Hidden away, I found a smaller wooden box. The paint was scratched off and worn out making whatever had been once drawn on it, barely recognizable.
 I put it on my writing table and opened the oval window. It was cold outside, but sunny. The stinging kind of cold that hurts your skin, dries it, and makes you feel like you can't breathe. The streets were empty. The lack of sleep made my mind float. Creativity comes easier when I'm in this state. Words tend to flow without effort. I hadn't slept all night.

Reflection by necropoetus

An intriguing, suspenseful story about family lineage.

Featured by: Naktarra

Mary Sue, Who?Though more prevalent in fan-fiction, aspiring writers can admit that they have come across the infamous Mary Sue in their own original work or the work of others. Who can deny allure of creating that perfect character? A Superman, of sorts, appearing as unscathed at the end of the conflict as he does in the beginning. A Mary Sue can be considered a paragon of perfection, a faucet of flawlessness, and beacon of impeccable beauty. All characters love her, most characters want to be her, and no character could ever hate her. So what is wrong with a character who is so amazingly awesome that he or she can do whatever they put their mind too and doesn’t know what it means to fail? The problem is that the character is unrealistic and very few people, if any, would want to read a story about a Mary Sue.


Identifying whether or not your story contains a Mary Sue can be hard. No two Mary Sues are alike and the definition of what is a Mary Sue is not clear-cu

Mary Sue, Who? by ElleonDire

Need some character development help? 
Here's your guide for your Mary Sue and Gary Lou concerns.

Foreign Language

Featured by: Malintra-Shadowmoon

Aujourd hui sur de cette terre tu es toujoursAujourd’hui sur de cette terre tu es toujours
Aujourd’hui être vivant tu es encore,
Mais aujourd’hui, as-tu enfin trouvé de vivre l’amour ?
Mais aujourd’hui es-tu sur que l’humanité s’intéresse encore à ton sort ?
Qu’est ce qui te permet donc d’en décider ?
Ta réussite sociale ou professionnelle passée ?
Si toi et ton entourage s’accordent à t’en gratifier...
Tu as a bel et bien eu un rôle déterminé à jouer.
Si les autres ont su l’apprécié,
Ou bien si personnellement tu sais,
Que services à d’autres cela a rendu ou rendra,
Alors c’est que quelque part tu peux être content de toi.
Mais cette réussite suffit elle à t’auto-satisfaire ?
N’as tu jamais eu envie d’accomplir d’autre choses ?
Des défis à relever ou des rêves à concr&

Aujourd'hui sur de cette terre tu es toujours by HHylst

Philosophical non-fiction prose concerning 
being satisfied with one self and continual 
improvement of live and humanity.

For more information, including how to suggest a Deviation

to be featured, please visit us at DailyLitRecognition.

Thanks so much for supporting the lit community and this project!

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Prepared by: TwilightPoetess

Skin by SimplySilent

Cool work Feature *1*

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 28, 2015, 5:58 AM

Hello Friends and Visitors,

From now on i will  make a monthly feature and select work from my "Cool Work" Collection. Hope you enjoy these works from other awesome and talented people.

I got this awesome  Valentine Gift from:  :iconsecretadmires:

Carpe Diem by Secretadmires

The Sorceress... by Steel-Reflections by :iconsteel-reflections:       Abrahel by vampirekingdom by :iconvampirekingdom:       They Come At Night by MarcoHerrera by :iconmarcoherrera:

Dead..waterS by mippieArt  by :iconmippieart:

Lilac Forest by Jassy2012 by :iconjassy2012:      Mother Willow's Children by TouchofArtistry by :icontouchofartistry:      Elven warrior by Zozziegirl by :iconzozziegirl:

Disturbance by svaniland  by :iconsvaniland:

Wild pearls by Manink by :iconmanink:      In The End by ElementOfOne1 by :iconelementofone:         Link between worlds by MihaelaJoeDesigns by :iconmihaelajoedesigns:  

Fairy Winter by lauraypablo by :iconlauraypablo:

Capricorn Winter Zodiac by Sinphie by :iconsinphie:      Empress Of Atlantis by beetiful by :iconbeetiful:       Forest Queen by PlacidAnemia by :iconplacidanemia:

 Return of the Jedi by SPRSPRsDigitalArt by :iconsprsprsdigitalart:

Thanks for your interest,

untill next time,

Ed aka :iconnova63:

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ProjectPorkchop Vol406

Wed Jan 28, 2015, 4:50 PM

ProjectPorkchop is all about bringing more exposure to the many talented yet under appreciated artists going unseen on deviantART daily. The artists chosen truly deserve more attention based on low counts of favorites, comments, and watchers, added to their incredible artistic talent.


Chino is a traditional art student from Japan. She specializes in portraiture and has amazing skills for only being 18 years old. She works primarily in graphite and colored pencils and her blending is flawless. The way each color transitions into the next is truly amazing and her gallery is an inspiration for anyone who needs to tune up thier drawing skills!

Yuzuru by cuppa-chinoBaby Girl by cuppa-chino
Yuzuru Hanyu by cuppa-chinoBrittany Murphy by cuppa-chino

Suggested by rilakkuma1212 
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Jonathan is a proffessional digital artist from the US. His gallery is filled with character designs, environment concepts and life studies. His fantasy work, espescially his medievel armor studies, are truly impressive and beautifully rendered. He has a great understanding of how to use light effectively in a composition creating a very believable world for the viewer!

Minotaur by FaceGraterLips Study - Speedpaint Study by FaceGrater
Alexander Rothaug master Study by FaceGraterTularosa by FaceGrater

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Wojtek is a varied artist from Poland. He is a masterful painter who captures the beauty of the world in both real and surreal ways. He works primarily in oils and you will be amazed by his brilliant use of color and impeccable attention to detail. Wojtek has been a member of DA for 8 years now, so if you have not seen his work, now is your chance!

Grauer Mann attacked by Baba Yaga by FladrifForest Smelter by Fladrif
Free Descending of Light.. by FladrifJah by Fladrif 

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Vitaliy is a traditional artist from Russia. He is quite an exceptional still life painter and his vivacious gallery full of fruits and flowers will really draw you in! He dapples in surrealism as well and sometims combines it with realism for a most interesting effect that is subtle yet eye catching. Vitaliy is new to DA so lets give him a warm welcome to the community!

Night flowers by VitUrzhlemon flowers by VitUrzh
Morning snail 2 by VitUrzhFull moon at noon by VitUrzh

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Isabelle is a traditional artist from New Zealand. She is only 17 years old and already exhibits an incredible aptitude for drawing. Her surreal conceptual drawings are fascinating and very well thought out down to the most minute detail. She likes to work in ink but features some beautiful paintings as well. Please visit her gallery today and show this outstanding young artist some aupport!

Ants! by neon999Mushroom Hand by neon999
Dream paintings by neon999WIP painting by neon999

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