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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Talk Show Review: Lewis Carroll on SecretBuilders

Joebar's Talk Show guest today was Lewis Carroll - most widely known as the author of Alice in Wonderland.

He spoke to the audience about his life and writings. He was born as Charles Dodgson on January 27, 1832, at Daresbury, Cheshire, in England, where his father Charles was vicar.He wrote a series of family magazines throughout my childhood, containing poetry, drawing, and prose. In 1846 he attended Rugby School, from which he graduated to Christ Church College in Oxford. In 1854 he was awarded a degree in mathematics, and the following year he began work as a Lecturer at Christ Church in that subject. During that time he continued to write comic verse, some of which was published in the Comic Times.

Until then he was using his birth name - Charles Dodgson. In 1856, however, he submitted a parody to the magazine The Train. The editor of The Train, Edmund Yates, chose the pseudonym "Lewis Carroll" from a list of possible pseudonyms submitted by Dodgson. In that same year he first met Alice Pleasance Liddell, daughter of the Dean.

To the question whether Alice Pleasance Liddell was his inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll answered with the following story: On July 04, 1862, he took a boat trip with Alice Liddell and several others to Godstow. On this trip he passed the time by telling the children a nonsense tale. He later wrote down the story, calling it Alice's Adventures Underground. When he finished the book in 1863, his friends and family urged him to publish it. The book was renamed Alice in Wonderland and published in July 1865. It was immediately withdrawn from circulation due to poor print quality. A second, corrected, edition was published in November that year.

Some people in the audience didn't know that, but the story of Alice wasn't the only one written by the author. In 1867, he began a new children's series, Sylvie and Bruno, beginning with Bruno's Revenge, in Aunt Judy's Magazine. In that same year he began a sequel to "Alice" entitled Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. In 1881 he gave up his mathematics Lectureship to devote himself full time to his writing.

That's in short what Lewis Carroll and Joebar talked about today.
There was a lot more, though. The best way to not miss anything is to be present at the studio - every Wednesday, at 10:30am PST and 4:00pm PST. Next week's intriguing guest is Roald Amundsen.

Hope to see you there!

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