Misattributed Alice in Wonderland / Lewis Carroll quotes

Pretty images and merchandise with quotes attributed to Lewis Carroll or the Alice in Wonderland books are popping up everywhere nowadays. Unfortunately, many of these quotes are misattributed: they are not from the ‘Alice’ books, nor from their author. Please don’t spread the misconception!

The internet is a blessing, but it also has a downside: funny, entertaining, motivational or spiritual quotes are shared with the speed of light, without anyone checking the reliability of the source.

People with commercial goals in mind, profit from this. They create merchandise with these quotes in the hopes that you buy them. Or they create nice looking images with quotes and post them on their social media page, hoping to get a lot of likes and shares, so their page becomes more valuable to advertisers.

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World Book Day 2018: an Alice in Wonderland theme

On March 1st, the UK and Ireland are celebrating World Book Day! The rest of the world waits until the 23nd of April, but it is never too early to prepare of course. Make sure you order everything you need in time, to have a great Alice in Wonderland themed day!

Books

Of course, this day is all about books. If you do not yet own a copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, or Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there, this is your chance! But there are more great books suitable for World Book Day:

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Christ Church Library digitizing their Carroll/Alice collection

Christ Church Library has a very nice collection with among others Lewis Carroll / Alice in Wonderland related material. Currently they are in the process of digitizing their material. A large part of the collection can already be found online.

Part of their online catalogue is dedicated to Lewis Carroll, and this section contains a subsection with material related to the creation of the ‘Alice’ books. The latter contains high-resolution scans with detailed descriptions of amongst others:

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A very merry birthday, mr. Dodgson!

On 27 January 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, was born. He would have been 186 years old today.

Dodgson was born in the old parsonage at Daresbury, Cheshire. He was the 3rd child and eldest son of Reverend Charles Dodgson and Frances Jane Lutwidge and had 3 brothers and 7 sisters. He died in Guildford of pneumonia on 14 January 1898.

20th Anniversary of this website!

Oh my, can you believe that this website is celebrating its 20 year anniversary this month??

In 1997 I started my studies at university and got access to the internet on the campus. Being already a fan of Disney’s cartoon movie and Lewis Carroll’s books, I searched the web for more information about them. But I only found fragmented info.

I wanted to try my hand at building my own website, so I gave it a shot. In those days, Microsoft Frontpage was all the rage. Google was unknown; we all used Altavista to find webpages and we viewed them in the Netscape browser. My first website was very similar to most of the other personal websites in that time: it had frames, white letters on black backgrounds, animated gifs (burning torches and rainbow colored lines) and a Nedstat counter. 🙂

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