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Alicen wonderland Lewis Carrol’s novel, written in 1865, was inspired by memories of a ‘golden afternoon’, when the author went boating up the Isis in Oxford with the three daughters of the Dean of Christ Church College, Lorina, Alice and Edith Liddell. To entertain the party throughout the trip, Carrol narrated the tale of a little girl named Alice – the namesake of the middle sister of the Liddell trio - who goes seeking adventure and finds herself in a number of curious situations. The amusement was well received, and the real-life Alice pleaded that it be written down for her.
Thus the popular nonsense story was born, known for its eccentric characters including the grinning Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the tyrannical Queen of Hearts.

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