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Meet Alice, The Little Girl Who Inspired All The Wonderland Stories

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Meet Alice, The Little Girl Who Inspired All The Wonderland Stories

Between the various illustrations, cartoons, and live-action movie adaptions of the famous story, there have been dozens of iterations of the Alice character over the years.

But did you know that all these characters can be traced back to a very real little girl who lived with her family in Oxford, England?

Meet Alice Liddell, the little girl who inspired Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

These photos were taken by Lewis Carroll, the author, poet, mathematician, and logician behind the absurd tale of magic rabbit holes and mad hatters.

He was befriended by Alice Liddell's family shortly after their move from London to Oxford in 1856. Carroll soon became a regular visitor, playing croquet with the kids, taking photos, and telling wild stories during their riverside picnics.

It was during one of these story-telling sessions in 1862 that Carroll came up with a tall tale that 10-year-old Alice especially liked. She asked him to write it down, which he did, and even completed it with his own illustrations.

The notebook would later be published in 1865 as Alice in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There.

Find more of Carroll's photos of Alice and her kid-sister Edith here.

Via Open Culture

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