Alice I Have Been

By Melanie Benjamin

Alice I Have Been
Alice I Have Been

Part love story, part literary mystery, the spellbinding historical novel by Melanie Benjamin leads readers on an unforgettable journey down the hole of the rabbit to tell the story of a woman whose own life became the legendary stuff. Her name is Alice Liddell Hargreaves, but she'll always be known... to the world simply as "Alice," the girl who followed the White Rabbit into Mad Hatters, Queens of Hearts, and Cheshire Cats wonderland. Now, as she approaches her eighty-first birthday, she is looking back on a life of intense passion, great privilege and greater tragedy. As a young woman first, then as a wife, mother, and widow, she will experience adventures that even her fictional counterpart might not have imagined. Yet, from glittering balls and royal romances to a war-torn world, she will always be the same determined, undaunted Alice who, at the age of ten, urged a shy, stuttering Oxford professor to write down one of his fanciful stories, thereby forever changing her life.

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  • PUBLISHED BY

    Bantam

  • PUBLISHED ON

    Dec 21, 2010

  • ISBN

    9780385344142

  • FORMAT

    Paperback

  • LANGUAGE

    English

  • NO. OF PAGES

    400

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She grows to maturity in Oxford’s culturally privileged enclave, is wooed by Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Leopold (barred from marrying her in part because of the unspoken, lingering scandal concerning Dodgson), then finally marries and bears three boys, two of them killed in World War I.

Alice, from Alice In Wonderland, is one of literature's most beloved heroines for restless girl readers and feminist scholars. The new book Alice I Have Been tells the story of Alice Liddell, the child muse for Lewis Carroll's character.

Benjamin's fine research on the story of Alice Lidell, and how she has woven what is known of the real Alice story, with a suspenseful, and heartwrenching work of fiction.This novel will reconnect the reader to a story we all heard of when we read about, and read Alice in Wonderland.

The supposedly innocent yet slightly lurid moments when Dodgson photographs the girls --- especially the time he snaps a barefooted Alice in a tattered gypsy dress --- hint at Dodgson’s creepy, possibly pedophilic tendencies (although, in truth, the real Dodgson photographed other subjects includ...

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