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Curiouser and Curiouser!


"Curiouser and curiouser!" exclaimed Alice as her legs grew and grew after eating a cake labeled "eat me" in a scene from the imaginative novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Hmmm. Curious indeed. I find the stories and poems of Lewis Carroll to be totally absurd and totally engrossing at the same time.

Lewis Carroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass in 1871. Both are considered extremely important works of literature, and considered by some scholars to be works of "nonsense."

After being tantalized by the grinning Cheshire Cat or the Mad Hatter, give some of Carroll's poetry a try. It'll blow your mind. I suggest The Hunting of the Snark (1874) or Jabberwocky(1871), which appears in the text of Through the Looking Glass.

The writings of Lewis Carroll far transcend the time and space traveled since he created Alice in 1865. Besides being a brilliant mathematician and innovative photographer, Carroll had an imagination for the ages. To quote the grinning Cheshire Cat, "We're all mad here." Indeed we are.

Dan @ Central

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