Review: “The Dodo Knight” by Michelle Rene

Author Michelle Rene wrote a novella in which an old Alice Liddell looks back on the events that caused ‘the Liddell riddle‘. In this mixture of fiction and facts, we learn why the friendship between Charles Dodgson and Alice ended and almost all contact ceased.

Book "The Dodo Knight" by Michelle Rene

“The Dodo Knight” is a short story (just a little over 100 pages) of the ‘historical fiction’ genre. It takes place in the Victorian era and uses everything we know about Charles Dodgson and the Liddell family, to tell ‘the true story’ of what happened between them to cause the rift we are still speculating about. Of course, that story was made up by the author, who is merely ‘filling the gaps in history’, as she calls it, with her own take on what might have happened.

Don’t fear: it’s not one of these books that contributes to the spreading of false claims and speculations – in the afterword, Rene clearly explains which parts were made up. Still, it is a book that can be received quite differently, depending on how much you know about the circumstances and the backgrounds of the main characters, and depending on how much you detest the idea that Dodgson could have had a love relationship with one of the Liddells.

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Make your own teacup cake stand

Tiered cake stands made of upcycled teacups and saucers are very popular – and perfect for a Mad Tea Party! They’re actually really easy to make. Let me show you how it’s done!

The first thing to do is scoure thrift shops for cute, old fashioned tea cups and saucers. You’ll want to mix and match: combine cups of a certain design with saucers of a different design, but do try to make them go together in a certain way. Match by color, type of decoration, rim design, or some other aspect.

Other things to look out for:

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World Poetry Day: celebrate your favorite Alice in Wonderland poem!

Today is World Poetry Day. As the ‘Alice’ stories are full of poems, we have many to choose from.

Did you know the ‘Mouse’s tail‘ poem was different in the original version of the story? In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Mouse promises Alice to explain why he dislikes cats and dogs, but doesn’t actually do that. In the original poem we do learn why!

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Lewis Carroll’s death anniversary

Charles Ludwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

Lewis Carroll, author of the ‘Alice’ books, died on 14 january 1898, which is exactly 121 years ago today.

This parody of Carroll’s “Mad Gardener’s Song” was published in one of his obituaries, in the Westminster Gazette, and I think it is just perfect:

I thought I saw a fairy bird
That carrolled ever on;
I looked again, and saw it was
A mathematic don.
“Adieu, adieu,” he sadly sang;
“To Wonderland I’ve gone.”

Original printing blocks for the first ‘Alice’ editions auctioned

Yesterday, the original electrotype blocks used for printing the illustrations of the first editions of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there” were sold at auction house Christie’s.

To be able to print the illustrations, Tenniel drew on wooden blocks, which were subsequently cut by the Dalziel Brothers. From these wooden blocks, copper-plated lead printing blocks were electrotyped.

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