12 Things You Didn’t Know about Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland? Well, this is an interesting novel featuring an iconic story written by Lewis Carroll. I went through the book closely and came up with these interesting facts that you are probably unaware of.

  • Due to Queen Victoria`s love for the book, she proposed that Lewis dedicates to her his next book. Carroll, of course, granted this favor to the queen.
  • Lewis Carroll had a rare neurological disorder.

This disease which was first discovered by psychiatrist John Todd, it is said to cause hallucinations and visual objects size is affected and apparently the objects either feels bigger or smaller than they really are. The disease is also popularly known as Todd`s syndrome or Alice in Wonderland syndrome.

  • China censored the novel in 1931.

China used the argument that animals should not use human language and hence banned the book.

  • The Mock Soup (Turtle) is actually real

Apparently, the soup is for real and was created from specific calf parts like the hoof, head and the brain it was also a cheaper version of green turtle soup in Victorian times.

  • Elsie, Tillie, and Lacie the three sisters in Dormouse`s story are also used to refer to Liddell and her two sisters.

Tillie is a short form for Matilda, Lacie is as a result of the transformation from Alice and Elsie is from the initials of Lorina Charlotte.

  • The Original illustrator hated the first book.

John Tenniel who was the book illustrator was upset especially due to how horrible the drawings had been reproduced and this made Carroll spend most of his money to reprint the book.

  • Alice character is real.

Her character is based on a real life girl named Alice Liddell. She was a Brunette who requested Carroll to write her story on a boating trip in Oxford.

  • The Cheshire Cat`s Tree In Oxford.

This tree that is said to have inspired the real one is found in a Garden behind Alice`s home in Oxford.

  • A shorter version of Alice`s Adventures was released for toddlers.

It had 20 of Mr. John Tenniel`s illustrations and it was enlarged, colored and at some instances revised. It was absolutely for children aged from ‘naught to five’

  • It was first made a 12mins movie in 1903.

Director Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stowe made it a 12mins film which happened to be the longest film in Britain.

  • The book has never been out for print.

‘Through the Looking-Glass’ and its continuation ‘What Alice found there’ were already on sale within seven weeks from their publication and the book has been translated to 176 different languages.

  • Carroll is the Dodo

The Dodo was named from his real name Dodgson. He stutters very much when speaking.

Definitely, it’s one very captivating book that you just can’t avoid!

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