In the Shadow of the Dreamchild: The Myth and Reality of Lewis Carroll
$ 23.95 (as of 13 January 2020, 8:42 am)
"Because this is a very new image of a very famous man (Lewis Carroll), I hope it doesn't offend those who thought they 'knew' their childhood friend already.
Maybe the idea that the author of "Alice" wasn't after all some lonely or dangerous paedophile, but a normal, if less than perfect, man who may have had the misfortune to love the wrong woman, is at least a little closer to the truth and might allow those who presently enjoy his stories to feel they enjoy them even more."
In this book, Karoline Leach introduces the topic of the 'Carroll Myth'. She analyzes the history of Carroll's biographies and finds out how the mythic image of Lewis Carroll developed, and, like Jenny Woolf, tries to put it right.
Amongst others, she suggests that Carroll's love of his life may not have been Alice Liddell, but someone else: her mother.