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1.0 out of 5 stars terrible, May 8, 2004
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This review is from: The life of Lewis Carroll
Not a biography at all, but a strange imaginative exercise. Reed had almost no data at his disposal, as Carroll's family wouldn't provide any, so he simply made a lot of it up -including the 'fact' that Carroll lost interest in girls once the reached the age of 14 -. But that didn't stop later biographers repeating a lot of it as if it was true.
For a good summary of Reed see Karoline Leach's 'In the Shadow of the Dreamchild'
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Initial post: Dec 27, 2011 2:26:45 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 27, 2011 2:34:21 PM PST
"Reed had almost no data at his disposal, as Carroll's family wouldn't provide any"? In the Foreword, page 11, Reed says "I have to express my gratitude and thanks to Major C. H. W. Dodgson, Professor B. J. Collingwood (nephews of Lewis Carroll), Miss F. Menella Dodgson (niece)" Indeed, the book is dedicated to "my little friends" Major Dodgson's daughters. As well as Lewis Carroll's family, Reed had help from many people who had known Carroll. I agree that many of Reed's deductions about Carroll are wrong, but used with care the book is unquestionably a source of good and reliable information.
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