27th November, 2015:Â
Its the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson known as Caroll, wrote the book in 1865. The story has stood the test of time – the young girl falling down the rabbit hole into a new world, where her adventures include tea with the Mad Hatter and her interactions with the Queen of Hearts.
Charles Dodgson was a mathematics tutor at Christ Church, Oxford in 1856 when he first met Alice Liddell and her siblings, who were the children of the Dean of the college.Â It was this friendship with Alice and the other kids that inspired the book.
The British Library have tweeted stunning images of Carroll’s original manuscript to celebrate this important day. The manuscript is on display at the museum.
The museum informed that,”Alice Liddell kept the manuscript until 1928 when she was forced to sell it to pay death duties after the death of her husband,” adding that, after the manuscript bounced around a bit,”it was purchased by a wealthy group of benefactors who donated the volume to the British people (and the British Museum) in 1948 in gratitude for their gallantry against Hitler during World War Two.”