Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Mystery of Lewis Carroll giveaway

The Mystery of Lewis Carroll
Discovering the Whimsical, Thoughtful, and Sometimes Lonely Man Who Created "Alice in Wonderland"
by Jenny Woolf - my review

Description from publisher's site:
A new biography of Lewis Carroll, just in time for the release of Tim Burton’s all-star Alice in Wonderland.

Lewis Carroll was brilliant, secretive and self contradictory. He reveled in double meanings and puzzles, in his fiction and his life. Jenny Woolf’s The Mystery of Lewis Carroll shines a new light on the creator of Alice In Wonderland and brings to life this fascinating, but sometimes exasperating human being whom some have tried to hide. Using rarely-seen and recently discovered sources, such as Carroll’s accounts ledger and unpublished correspondence with the “real” Alice’s family, Woolf sets Lewis Carroll firmly in the context of the English Victorian age and answers many intriguing questions about the man who wrote the Alice books, such as:

• Was it Alice or her older sister that caused him to break with the Liddell family?

• How true is the gossip about pedophilia and certain adult women that followed him?

• How true is the “romantic secret” which many think ruined Carroll’s personal life?

• Who caused Carroll major financial trouble and why did Carroll successfully conceal that person’s identity and actions?

Woolf answers these and other questions to bring readers yet another look at one of the most elusive English writers the world has known.

View the photo gallery for this book - great family shots and a couple of Alice

*** Giveaway ***

Learn more about Mr Dodgson aka Mr Carroll.

Win this book.

Open to all.

Offer ends: April 11, 2010

To do:

Take a peek into the photo gallery and comment below with your email and tell me:

Which photo caught your eye and why?


Contest has ended - winner is here



* giveaway prize
Thanks to Jenny Woolf
Courtesy of St. Martin's Press
Thanks Monica!

* part of Alice in Whatsitland (see schedule)

* wanna be a part of Alice's adventure in Whatsitland? join the challenge!


  1. Ooh, awesome giveaway!! I've been loving your whole Alice in Whatsitland event!! I think the pic I liked the best was the handwritten letter from the back of the original book with Alice's photo pasted on. Thanks so much for the contest!!

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  2. Tenniel's version of Alice - I love the sketchy kind of pictures and like how Alice is looking at the rabbit!


  3. Carroll's photograph of Alice.
    It shows real devotion!


  4. I would love to win this book! It sounds really interesting.
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  5. I love anything related to Alice in wonderland. The image that caught my eye was the one with all the little drawings on it. It is interesting how the author draws or gets an artists to draw their characters and then how the differ or related to what the reader gets in his or her head

  6. My favorite photo was the one with the drawings on it. I love to see what's going on in the author's head while he is writing a story.


  7. I loved all the photos but the one which really caught my eye was the handwritten sample - seeing how he had pasted an actual photo overtop his initial sketch is such a personal glimpse of a writers devotion.

  8. I liked the original Alice book photo. The pictures are quite funny.

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  9. I like the photo of Carroll with the camera, his thoughtful expression is very engaging.

  10. I liked the picture of little Alice Liddell. She just looked innocent.
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  11. I like the sense of family in the picture of Carroll and his brothers and sisters!

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  12. My favourite photo is Tenniel's version of Alice. I love seeing the rabbit running.


  13. I love the fascimile pictures because it makes me imagine that I'm holding the original manuscript of Alice and that Carroll himself is giving them as a gift.
    I love it!

  14. Oops forgot the email:

  15. The photo of Lewis Carroll with the camera.
    It's a pieceof his personality revealed.

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  16. I like the Alice of Tenniel.
    It's amazing.

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  17. The picture of the little girl - Xie Kitchin as Dane , out of all the photos this caught my eye .Why I like it ,she just looks so poised for the photo, I always have have a problem taking photos like those .

  18. There is something atractive and disturbing on Alice Liddell' photo!

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  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog! This book looks fantastic. I have been a big Alice fan since I was young so I can't resist this competition! :)

    The photo which caught my eye was the one Carroll's siblings examining a new book. I wonder if they liked Alice? I wonder if they all read it? hhmmm I wonder if they were writer's too?

    Great competition!!

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  21. Wow what a great give away. I loved Tenniel's version of Alice. This is how I always pictured Alice. I'm surprised to see her on pictures with short dark hair :)

  22. The pages that reproduce Carroll's drawings.
    I did not know them!



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