Literature With A Twist Of Evil
As Halloween approaches, there will be thousands of people who wear the costume of this famous female character from literature who has had cartoons and live action movies made about her.
The thing is, she is based off a real person.
A person the author knew very well.
This person was about 10 at the time.
Our author was a grown man.
He was allowed to get close to this little girl because the girl’s father shared the same profession as our author. Apparently the two families were very close, until they weren’t.
The author was obsessed with this little girl and wanted to spend as much time with her as possible.
It got to the point where the girl’s parents feared for the safety of the girl and broke off contact with the author, and it was sudden.
One event, and the next day, no contact ever.
No one to this day is entirely sure what happened, but the author wrote his book about her.
Alice in Wonderland – Alice Liddell
Alice Pleasance Hargreaves, was an English mid-19th century child who was the inspiration for the main character for the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.
BBC investigates whether Lewis Carroll was ‘repressed paedophile’ after nude photo discovery
A new BBC documentary is to explore whether author Lewis Carroll was a repressed paedophile after a photograph of a naked girl comes to light
The BBC is to broadcast a controversial new documentary exploring whether Lewis Carroll was a ‘repressed paedophile’, on the 150th anniversary of his beloved children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The potentially-explosive programme, presented by Martha Kearney, will explore the nature of Carroll’s relationship with children, and feelings toward the real Alice, the inspiration behind his most famous work.
The show, in which he is referred to by a contributor as a “heavily repressed paedophile”, will detail a newly-discovered photograph of a naked girl from a forgotten archive, said to show a “shockingly different” side to the author’s friendship with children.
The programme, entitled The Secret World of Lewis Carroll, is scheduled to be broadcast by the BBC next weekend, with contributions from famous faces including Philip Pullman and Will Self, as well as members of the real Alice’s family.
It will debate whether new evidence shows Carroll, whose real name was Charles Dodgson, took an interest in sexualising young children and teenagers, and whether he should or could be considered a “Victorian Jimmy Savile”.
The story of the real inspiration of Carroll’s children’s book is already relatively well-known, with the fictional Alice being based on young Alice Liddell, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church and his neighbour.
Alice and her sisters, Lorina and Edith, feature in Carroll’s novels, with a host of surviving photographs taken by the author of Alice already published.
Now, the BBC documentary will take a closer look at forgotten archive material, in what they have publicised as “uncovering the surviving clues in a piece of forensic literary detective work”.
The documentary, presented by journalist Kearney, was originally intended to explore the charming works and legacy of Carroll on the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
But, towards the very end of filming, programme-makers discovered a photograph which led the show to take a darker turn.
The picture, which is not comprehensively proven to have been taken by Carroll, is believed to show Alice’s elder sister entirely nude, in a full-frontal pose described by Kearney as something “no parent would ever have consented to”.
Found in a French museum with an inscribed attribution on the frame saying it was by Lewis Carroll and of Lorina Liddell, it shows an “uneasy” pubescent model in her teenage years.
Expert analysis shows it was taken around the time Carroll was seeing the Liddells, using the same processes he is known to have used in photography.
Comparison with other photographs of Lorina are said to show “certain similarities”, though the truth about the picture cannot be proved for certain more than a century after the author’s death.
Prof Hugh Haughton, one of the contributors to the programme, said the photograph – if it was taken by Carroll – was a “shocking image”, with the author’s relationship with the Liddell girls known to have a “huge intensity” which would be “pretty strange now”.
He added: “It will certainly make it harder for those who believe that Carroll’s interest in little girls was totally innocent; it will make that more complicated.” – Source