Alice In Wonderland author’s regret: Why Lewis Carroll hated being a literary legend

Alice In Wonderland author’s regret: Why Lewis Carroll hated being a literary legend

Based on a previously unseen letter which will soon be auctioned author Lewis Carroll despised fame so much he wished he had never written the books about Alice’s adventures that made him a literary legend

Lewis Carroll’s life changed forever after Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland was published GETTY

An obscure mathematician called Charles Lutwidge Dodgson penned a range of learned works with titles such as A Syllabus Of Plane Algebraic Geometry and The Fifth Book Of Euclid Treated Algebraically in the mid-19th century.

5 years after the latter in 1865 he embarked on a radical change of direction.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland was published under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll along with his life changed for ever.

Queen Victoria loved it, fan mail arrived by the sackful and he began to be recognised on the street.

This was sheer hell for a shy and retiring academic who doubled as an Anglican deacon together with extent of his torment is revealed for the first time in a previously unseen letter which is likely to fetch more than Ј4,000 when it’s auctioned at Bonhams the following month.

The widow of eminent Oxford surgeon Frederick Symonds, he laments being thrust into the public eye by his success and treated like a zoo animal by admirers in the letter written to Anne Symonds.

He even suggests he had never written the classic tales that brought him worldwide fame that he wishes.

“All that kind of publicity leads to strangers hearing of my name that is real in aided by the books, also to my being pointed out to, and stared at by strangers, and treated as a ‘lion’,” he wrote.

“And I hate all that so intensely that sometimes I almost wish that I experienced never written any books at all.”

The letter, written in November 1891, was penned 26 years after the publication of Alice In Wonderland, as he was 59. Continue reading “Alice In Wonderland author’s regret: Why Lewis Carroll hated being a literary legend”