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Alice Behind Wonderland

«What Winchester offers that is new, largely, is a detailed explanation the nascent field of amateur Victorian photography. He meticulously tracks Dodgson's 1856 purchase of his first mahogany-and-brass folding camera. He carefully works through the history of the development of the camera, and explains the difference between the daguerreotype, the calotype, and the wet-plate collodion that Dodgson relied on.»

Marjorie Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor

On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London. Les mer

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On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London.

Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image-as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation-as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature. Dodgson's love of photography framed his view of the world, and was partly responsible for transforming a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the world's best-loved observers of childhood. Little wonder that there is more to "Alice Liddell as
the Beggar Maid" than meets the eye. Using Dodgson's published writings, private diaries, and of course his photographic portraits, Winchester gently exposes the development of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.

Acclaim for Simon Winchester

"An exceptionally engaging guide at home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto and seemingly omnivorous curiosity."
-Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review

"A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly."
-USA Today

"Extraordinarily graceful."
-Time

"Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur."
-Christopher Buckley

"A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher."
-Newsweek

Detaljer

Forlag
Oxford University Press Inc
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780190614546
Utgivelsesår
2016
Format
21 x 14 cm

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«What Winchester offers that is new, largely, is a detailed explanation the nascent field of amateur Victorian photography. He meticulously tracks Dodgson's 1856 purchase of his first mahogany-and-brass folding camera. He carefully works through the history of the development of the camera, and explains the difference between the daguerreotype, the calotype, and the wet-plate collodion that Dodgson relied on.»

Marjorie Kehe, The Christian Science Monitor

«In this very slim volume»

a nice break, for history lovers, from the trend toward doorstop-sized commitmentsWinchester sketche

«Winchester provides a new perspective on the shy bachelor who wrote one of the world's most famous children's stories, while questioning the most recent scholarship that neglects the role of photography in Dodgson's life. An important addition to the burgeoning collection of Dodgson scholarship, this book will appeal to scholars and general readers and is recommended to all.»

Library Journal

«Interesting, original and not unidirectional.»

Anna Maria Polidori, Al Femminile

«As usual with Winchester, well-founded, witty and perceptive.»

Kirkus

«Mr. Winchester's elegantly written study provides a balanced, sympathetic portrait of a complex and gifted man.»

Wall Street Journal

«With remarkable clarity and eloquence, Winchester uses this photograph as the focal point for an examination of the man behind Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.»

Financial Times

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