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Lecture: “It’s Wrong from Beginning to End”

On Friday 18 November, in London (UK), Brian Sibley and David Weeks entertain us by speaking about Lewis Carroll’s literary parodies on (in his time) well-known moral and improving texts.

The speakers will present many examples of his parodies, to demonstrate the influence of Isaac Watts and other writers of moral and improving texts on the young Charles Dodgson. They will show how he lampooned them, first in his juvenile writings (such as ‘Useful and Instructive Poetry’), and later in the pages of ‘Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’. Aas a result, his parodies have outlived their once distinguished, but now largely forgotten, originals.

The lecture follows the Annual General Meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society, which is for members only, but this lecture is also open to guests.

  • Date and time: 18 November 2016, 19:00
  • Location: The Gradidge Room, Art Worker’s Guild. 6 Queen Square, London (United Kingdom), WC1N 3AT
  • Admission: free

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