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Lewis Carroll: A Biography by Morton N. Cohen
  

Lewis Carroll: A Biography

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Morton N Cohen has studied Lewis Carroll for over 20 years and his definitive biography has now been republished to mark the 150th “birthday” of Alice in Wonderland. Written in a chronological style we follow the complex life of the Oxford don and mathematician and the magical book, Alice in Wonderland that changed Children’s Literature forever.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. The White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the murderous Red Queen and the inimitable Alice: while the magical imaginings of the writer Lewis Carroll have become staples of our literary canon and many of his nonsense words have been adopted into common usage, much mystery still surrounds his alter ego, the quiet, shy Oxford don, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Rereleased to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the first edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this ground-breaking biography by American academic and Carroll enthusiast Morton Cohen delves deep into the history of this conflicted genius, exploring his unforgettable writings, his pioneering photographic work, his spiritual life and the fascination with children and childhood, which continues to cause speculation today. Scholarly and comprehensive, drawing on a vast body of letters and diaries, this is a sympathetic and wide-ranging portrait of a complex and inspired writer who transformed children’s literature and captivated generations of readers.
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Synopsis

Lewis Carroll: A Biography by Morton N. Cohen

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was a pioneering photographer, Oxford don and mathematician, who - as Lewis Carroll - gave the world not only Alice, but the Jabberwocky, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat and an unforgettable tea party. But who was he? In this elegant, affectionate biography, Morton N. Cohen brings a singular expertise - drawn from some thirty years' scholarship on Carroll as well as from special access to the Dodgson family documents - to the riddle of the quiet, stammering man who liberated children's books from the moralists and whose imagination brought forth some of the funniest nonsense, wildest characters and most extraordinary cultural icons of modern times. His life has puzzled psychologists and literary historians for generations. Now, with full mastery of Caroll's letters and voluminous diaries, Cohen explores as never before the paradox of the man: the unworldly innocent whose passionate worship of young girls has incited endless speculation; the Victorian gentleman whose sombre religious meditations shared a place in his mind with the Snark and the Boojum; the cloistered, lonely bachelor don whose magical books are known in every culture in the world today. What emerges is a portrait that is filled with admiration for Carroll's accomplishment, delight in his playfulness and charm and sympathy for the self-reproach and emotional turbulence that lay beneath Carroll's apparently placid existence. It is an extraordinary work of literary scholarship.

About the Author

Morton N. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of the City University of New York, has written biographical works on Rider Haggard, Rudyard Kipling and other Victorian subjects. He edited the two-volume edition of The Letters of Lewis Carroll and has written or edited six other books on Lewis Carroll.

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Publication date

9th April 2015

Author

Morton N. Cohen

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Publisher

Macmillan an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback
608 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Biography: literary

ISBN

9781447286134

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