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Lewis Carroll: The Man and his Circle

Lewis Carroll: The Man and his Circle
Edward Wakeling

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Bestselling author, pioneering photographer, mathematical don and writer of nonsense verse, Lewis Carroll remains a source of continuing fascination. Though many have sought to understand this complex man he remains for many an enigma. Now leading international authority, Edward Wakeling, offers his unique appraisal of the man born Charles Dodgson but whom the world knows best as Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. This new biography of Carroll presents a fresh appraisal based upon his social circle. Contrary to the claims of many previous authors, Carroll's circle was not child centred: his correspondence was enormous, numbering almost 100,000 items at the time of his death, and included royalty and many of the leading artists, illustrators, publishers, academics, musicians and composers of the Victorian era. Edward Wakeling draws upon his personal database of nearly 6,000 letters, mostly never before published, to fill the gaps left by earlier biographies and resolve some of the key myths that surround Lewis Carroll, such as his friendships with children and his drug-taking.

Meticulously researched and based upon a lifetime's study of the man and his work, this important new work will be essential reading for scholars and admirers of one of the key authors of the Victorian age.

Author Info

Edward Wakeling is an internationally recognized authority on Lewis Carroll. A former chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society, he edited the ten volumes of Lewis Carroll's Diaries and regularly acts as a consultant to auctioneers, television programmes and exhibitions worldwide. He owns one of the finest collections of Carroll material in private hands. His books include Lewis Carroll's Oxford Pamphlets (University Press of Virginia Press, 1993), Lewis Carroll Photographer (with Roger Taylor, Princeton University Press, 2002) and Lewis Carroll and his Illustrators (with Morton N. Cohen, Cornell University Press, 2003).


'Edward Wakeling, editor of Dodgson's diaries, knows more than anyone else about this brilliant, quirky character and puts his knowledge to good effect. In the process all later slurs against a man and author, popular and much respected in his time, are magisterially swatted… for anyone who wants to know what this complicated genius was like, this current work of reference does it all and is unlikely to be surpassed.'
Nicholas Tucker, Independent on Sunday

‘Wakeling ably brings out the public face, drawing on letters and diaries so that Dodgson/Carroll speaks for himself.’
Lyndall Gordon, New Statesman

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780768205
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2014
Number of Pages: 480
Height: 2354
Width: 156
Illustrations: 20 bw integrated

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