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© 1989

The Selected Letters of Lewis Carroll

  • Editors
  • Morton N. Cohen
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-1
  2. Morton N. Cohen
    Pages 24-58
  3. Morton N. Cohen
    Pages 59-120
  4. Morton N. Cohen
    Pages 121-212
  5. Morton N. Cohen
    Pages 213-282
  6. Morton N. Cohen
    Pages 283-283
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 285-303

About this book

Introduction

Lewis Carroll is one of the world's best-loved writers. His immortal Wonderland and delightful nonsense verses have enchanted generations of children and adults alike. The wit and imagination, the wisdom, sense of absurdity and sheer fun which fill his books shine just as clearly from the many letters he wrote. '...each is a miniature Wonderland... They reveal a truly delightful man...the combination of intense goodness and unselfishness with a magic, nonsense wit is unique'. The Scotsman '...a magnificent collection of delightful and entertaining letters reflecting all that was embraced in that remarkable character...all his charm, inventive fun, wisdom, generosity, kindliness and inventive mind'. Walter Tyson, Oxford Times.

Keywords

Lewis Carroll Alice Wonderland Letters Dodgson chronology church death edition eros imagination Jesus Christ Lewis Carroll miniature photography writing

About the authors

MORTON N. COHEN is Professor Emeritus of English at the City University of New York. He has spent twenty years researching the letters of Lewis Carroll and was the editor of a two-volume edition of the letters published by Oxford University Press in 1979. He is also the author of Rider Haggard: His Life and Works and Rudyard Kipling to Rider Hagbgard: The Record of a Friendship.

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Reviews

"...each [letter] is a miniature Wonderland...They reveal a truly delightful man...the combination of intense goodness and unselfishness with a magic, nonsense wit is unique" The Scotsman

"In the letters as in the 'Alice' stories Carroll drew from a bottomless well of humour and nonsense" Sunday Times

"A glass key back into that wonderland to which he never lost the passport" Daily Mail

"...a magnificent collection of delightful and entertaining letters reflecting all that was embraced in that remarkable character...all his charm, inventive fun, wisdom, generosity, kindliness and inventive mind" Oxford Times

"Carroll's letters to children are often just as good as the Alice books precisely because they stick the knife in; as you read them you sense that he was imagining and enjoying what the parents might be thinking. Playfulness is shadowed by danger and perversion, which is one reason you might want to play." London Review of Books