the beautiful Lewis Carroll, aged 25

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    (touched up) photograph by Lewis Carroll, 2nd June 1857

    very dishy

    1. germán, 62 months ago | reply

      Perfect !!.

    2. greentea flute 62 months ago | reply

      I am thinking of trying to read his novels and of course Alice and Looking Glass, think that's a good idea?

      ew, just saw that pic, a bit controversial, yes? just your turf? thanks for posting, relativism is a dangerous field to be found in today

    3. anna wilder 62 months ago | reply

      You mean the one where it looks like he's kissing a little girl?
      Evidently it was photoshopped.

      Did some digging and this blog entry goes a long way toward clearing up the mystery: (see the comments.)

      I am also thinking of re-reading his amazing stories. I haven't read them since I was small.

    4. germán, 62 months ago | reply

      It'sa good idea to reread Carroll Anna. The last thing I read years ago was wonderful and absurd his poem "The Hunting of the Snark" full of humor and intelligence, as everything he wrote in his life.
      And it was a fantastic photographer.

    5. spratmackrel 62 months ago | reply

      Lewis Carroll was the son of the Vicar of Croft-on-Tees, about six miles from where i grew up. Local folk claim that the vicarage garden at Croft was the original Wonderland. They also believe the inspiration for the Jabborwocky, was the Sockburn Worm, our 'local' dragon, that lived in the River Tees and was killed by the local knight John Conyers. The sword which was reputedly used to kill the worm is still in Durham Cathedral and is presented to each new bishop when they are enthroned.

    6. anna wilder 62 months ago | reply

      marry me, mackrel?

    7. spratmackrel 62 months ago | reply

      LOL! My Wife says that would be fine! We could have a ceremony in Durham Cathedral, as my Mother is a Church of England priest and her boss is Bishop Tom of Durham. I'm sure he would bring along the Dragon Slayer Sword if we asked him very nicely, it is kept in the Cathedral Treasury. You can see a picture of it here: Though the history on the page is a bit mixed up. The dragon is indeed thought to relate to Viking longships - Sockburn has one of the largest collections of viking carvings in England. However, the 'slaying' of the worm, i.e. of the vikings, occurred long before the Conyers family arrived in Sockburn in 1066 (not 1063). The legend was probably appropriated by the Conyers family to legitimate their taking over the manor from its original Anglo-Norse owners. Whatever the history Lewis Carroll made a smashing poem out of it all. I think he was also having a pop at the vogue for Old English poetry that was current when he was writing the poem by inventing all the nonsense words. How does June sound? :-)

    8. anna wilder 62 months ago | reply

      your wife sounds like a woman after my own heart...
      and everyone knows June weddings are doomed for failure, sprat. How's the 15th sound?

      ((pardon my feeble attempt at wit.. just my awkward way of saying thanks for the wonderful historical info))

    9. spratmackrel 62 months ago | reply

      You're very welcome Anna. I'm delighted you were interested.

    10. ruth margaret kreps archive 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ABOUT THE AUTHOR, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. Trish Overton 60 months ago | reply

      Such a great old photo!!!!

    12. anna wilder 60 months ago | reply

      Thank you rmk & trish!

    13. josefnovak33 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Vintage readers, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    14. Moondustseeker [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

      Yes, his father was the Rector of St Peter's, Croft on Tees - an interesting church to look around if you are in the neighbourhood (it's close to Darlington, in Co Durham). There is a little carving that is said to be the inspiration for the Cheshire Cat - see if you can spot it. Charles Dodgeson was a great man - much maligned of late by the ignorant.

    15. anna wilder 57 months ago | reply

      well said.
      What, I wonder, would our ignorant society do without its witches to hunt?

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