Victorian Nonsense: Lewis Carroll


Lewis Carroll was a genius whose stories were first illustrated by John Tenniel. From the Jabberwock to the Bandersnatch galumphing after Alice with heavy footsteps, Carroll created an imaginary world with its own language. Two of my favorite nonsense words are, “frabjous,” a combination of fabulous and joyous, and “frumious,” state of being between fabulous and furious. My characters and I know the feelings.


In the latter part of the nineteenth century, Lewis Carroll’s true identity, Charles Dodgson, was well-known and the popularity of his stories spread. Two of his famous readers were Oscar Wilde and Queen Victoria, who invited him to entertain two of her grandchildren.

I’ve seen almost every film version of this classic story. If you missed the 1903 and the 1915 silent film adaptations or the original edition of the book, click on the links below.

Have a Frabjous Spring Break! I’ll resume blogging in April-Jillian


1903 and 1915 Silent film adaptations of Alice in Wonderland:

Original Alice edition (virtual view with page turn and audio)

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