Translated into 125 languages and never out of print, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was a favorite of Queen Victoria’s when it was first published in 1865.
Down the Rabbit Hole
Reverend Charles L. Dodgson gives Alice Liddell a manuscript entitled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
Reverend Dodgson was asked by ten-year-old Alice Liddell to write down the fantastic story he weaved for her and her sisters as they shared a rowboat ride in 1862. Dodgson complied, though it took him a couple of years to get the work done. He wrote a 15,000-word story filled with magical characters and strange leaps of logic.
Even as he offered the promised pages to his young friend, Dodgson was preparing to publish the book at nearly double its length by writing in fantastic new scenes (including a certain famous tea party). Using the pen name Lewis Carroll, Dodgson went on to publish his book under a new name—the mad-cap Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.