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Lewis Carroll: A Biography Paperback – November 26, 1996
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What caused me to comment here is the statements by some readers that Cohen's book should be updated due to "new evidence" by Karoline Leach that Carroll was not in love with Alice, but her governess. She further states that the Carroll was not as attracted to children as one is led to believe and the whole "little girl" thing is a myth!
I will not comment in great length about this since I am not reviewing HER book, but I feel I must make a few points.
Nothing in the diary page that Ms. Leach quotes from proves anything, and is greatly taken out of context. She totally ignores more obvious evidence to the contrary.
While many people in Oxford thought Carroll's attentions to be for the governess, this was understandable because to think of a grown Oxford don in love with the Dean's daughter was more far fetched.
However, Mrs. Liddell and Carroll himself didn't think so....
Not only did Carroll in his later diaries admit to a long talk with Alice's' mother after her marriage, where he admits to his "foolish" ways (toward Alice) in the past, his estrangement from the Deanery. During that talk, Mrs. Liddell forgives him. (note: that with Alice's marriage, she didn't view Carroll as the "threat" he once was)
Ina, Alice's sister in letters to Alice before her death , mentions that she always thought Dodgson was in love with her sister, and when Alice denies this, Ina points out the many times she had been sitting inappropriately on Dodgson's lap and alludes to other incidents.
Then, there is the letter to Carroll's uncle, where he is upset at the news that his brother wants to marry 14 year old Alice Jane Donkin.Read more ›
Unlike the narrow thesis-driven Leach book, this biography provides a well-rounded and comprehensive portrait of Carroll the man and author.
Cohen has done more to establish the factual details of Carroll's life and work than anyone else, thanks to this biography and to his scrupulous editions of Carroll's letters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This biography was very written, and Cohen has a very well rounded, informed view of Carroll's life. It's one of the best books I've read this year.Published 7 months ago by Brooke
Surprisingly, this is a very dull and boring book. I anticipated that this book about Lewis Carroll would be as wonderful as his Alice in Wonderland story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Neese
Wonderful back story to Alice with some gruesome allegations. Would highly recommend. So much detail. All the people involved become three dimensional.Published on October 10, 2013 by jains
I don't think anyone can fully understand Lewis Carroll without reading Prof. Cohen's book. He is just enormously knowledgable, has edited countless books on Carroll and done a... Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by Jenny Woolf
Lewis Carroll: A biography
Morton Cohen's biography of Charles Dodson ("Lewis Carroll") is an insightful examination of a complex and flawed man. Read more
This book seems dated now and we need a new edition as another reviewer has said. The commentary on Alice Liddell needs to be updated following Leach's work. Read morePublished on April 23, 2006 by Ben Brantley