“Alice in Wonderland” is a fictional novel about the adventures of a girl named Alice who enters a fantasy world after falling down a rabbit hole. The story has many interpretations and this is one of the reasons that it is been popular with both children and adults. The story has inspired many adaptations including numerous film and television adaptations, comic books, radio plays, stage productions and even a ballet. If you have ever wondered who wrote this popular book, continue reading to find out.
Who wrote “Alice in Wonderland”?
“Alice in Wonderland” was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name Lewis Carroll, which he is better known. It was first published in 1865 as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” with illustrations by John Tenniel. The first edition was held back after a dispute about the quality of the print, but this version was eventually sold in the United States. The book sold out quickly and has never been out of print since this time!
The inspiration for the story came in 1862 when Dodgson, along with another Reverend, was rowing a boat that contained three young girls. These girls were the daughters of the Dean of Christ Church and were named Lorina, Alice and Edith. During the boat trip Dodgson told a story about the adventures of a little girl called Alice. The girls loved the story so much that Alice asked Dodgson to write it down for her and he began writing it the next day. Another boat ride took place a month later and he continued working on the story. In 1864 he gave Alice a handwritten manuscript called “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” which he illustrated himself.
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Dodgson also wrote a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland” called “Through the Looking-Glass,” which he also wrote under the pen name of “Lewis Carroll.”