Alice Liddell, the little girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland dressed up as a beggar-maid. Photographed by Lewis Carroll in 1858.

Wonderland Inspiration

Posted on April 17, 2013

Alice Liddell (1852–1934) inspired the children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. 

“On 4 July 1862, in a rowing boat travelling on the Isis in Oxford for a picnic, 10-year-old Alice asked Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) to entertain her and her sisters, Edith (age 8) and Lorina (age 13), with a story.

As the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed the boat, Dodgson regaled the girls with stories, not unlike those Dodgson had spun for the sisters before, but this time Liddell asked Mr. Dodgson to write it down for her. He eventually presented her with the manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground in November 1864.”

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