‘Alice in Wonderland’ changed literature forever, by not attempting to teach kids, just entertain them

‘Alice in Wonderland’ changed literature forever, by not attempting to teach kids, just entertain them

The delights of nonsense

On July 4, 1862, a little-known math tutor at Oxford, Charles Dodgson, went on a boat trip along with his friend, Reverend Robinson Duckworth, Alice Liddell and her two sisters. The following day, under the pen name Lewis Carroll, he began writing the storyline he made up for the girls — what he first called the “fairy-tale of ‘Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.’”

As Alice fell down, down, along the rabbit hole, so too have Carroll lovers after her, trying to explain so how Wonderland made such huge waves in children’s literature. Continue reading “‘Alice in Wonderland’ changed literature forever, by not attempting to teach kids, just entertain them”