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Meet the Real Alice: How the Story of Alice in Wonderland Was Born On July 4, 1862, a young mathematician by the name of Charles Dodgson, better-known as Lewis Carroll (January 27, 1832–January 14, 1898), boarded a boat with a small group, setting out from Oxford to the nearby town of Godstow, where the group was to have tea on the river bank. The party consisted of Carroll, his friend Reverend Robinson Duckworth, and the three little sisters of Carroll’s good friend Harry Liddell — Edith (age 8), Alice (age 10), and Lorina (age 13). Entrusted with entertaining the young ladies, Dodgson fancied a story about a whimsical world full of fantastical characters, and named his protagonist Alice. So taken was Alice Liddell with the story that she asked Dodgson to write it down for her, which he did when he soon sent her a manuscript under the title of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. Historian Martin Gardner writes in The Annotated Alice (public library), originally published in 1960 and revised in a definite edition in 1999:

100 Must Read Books: The Man's Essential Library Amazon Listmania: The Essential Man’s Library Part II Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins Just like The Da Vinci Code, but on hallucinogenic mushrooms…and written 30 years prior. A psychedelic story of a wandering musical troupe that settle down to open “Captain Kendrick’s Memorial Hot Dog Wildlife Preserve,” and somehow get mixed up with the Vatican. WATCH: An Artist Creates A New Form Of Life TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk. This week's TEDTalk is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new op-eds, thoughts and responses from the HuffPost community. Watch the talk above, read the blog post and tell us your thoughts below. Become part of the conversation!

Elements of a Story Home | Catalog | About Us | Search | Contact Us | Site Map | © Annenberg Foundation 2016. All rights reserved. Propaganda posters of Soviet space program 1958-1963 Several interesting posters of historical epoch. Second part of Soviet space propaganda posters. Fatherland! 12 Things We Learned This Week What did you learn this week? We learned … …we may be able to geoengineer our weather to help mitigate climate change, and there is an actual debate in climate science, but it’s not the one you think.

Thibeault's Table: Pancake Tuesday I love, love, loooooove potato pancakes/latkes. Any version . Today I tried a potato pancake made with mashed potatoes, lightened with beaten egg whites. 10 Novels That Are More Action-Packed Than Most Summer Movies Expand I just finished Old Man's War and, if you're after some supermen beating up and blowing up aliens, as well as a good laugh every couple paragraphs, I'd say you should probably look no further, but then again, it was also probably my first experience of Military Sci-Fi in written form that wasn't a Halo spinoff, so there are probably experts who'll dovetail this recommendation into a billion other novels that I'd never even heard of. Edit: Incidentally, before anyone recommends it, I followed up Old Man's War with The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.

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