Was Lewis Carroll ACTUALLY on drugs while writing Alice in Wonderland?
- AndrewLv 74 years agoFavorite Answer
While there is no evidence to support the theory that Carroll used drugs, there's no way to prove definitively that he didn't. My personal belief is that he was just a very creative and imaginative chap and that his ability to craft such fine stories had nothing at all to do with drugs. In my point of view, those who suggest that there must have been something else behind his ability to be so imaginative and creative simply lack those abilities themselves, making it impossible for them to understand just how inventive and inspired some people can be without the use of drugs. It should however be noted that Carroll did however suffer from a very rare and very minor psychological disorder which caused him to distort his own size from time to time - and while this came to be a major component of the stories he would later come to be famous for, there's no evidence to corroborate the theory that he turned to drugs to counteract those visions or that they were caused by drugs.
A better question would be "What kinds of drugs must the people who read deplorable bilge like "Twilight" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" be on to get through that rubbish?"
- 4 years ago
yes, he was on drugs. he told me so. not maybe the kinds your thinking of like led or anything like that. but he was on them. certain ones. victorian ear stuff. like pain kilers in victorian times.
- CogitoLv 74 years ago
Carroll wasn't thought to have used drugs at all.
Dr Heather Worthington, Children's Literature lecturer at Cardiff University said, "The notion that the surreal aspects of the text are the consequence of drug-fuelled dreams resonates with a culture, particularly perhaps in the 60s, 70s and 80s when LSD was widely-circulated and even now where recreational drugs are commonplace."
"It is the deviant aspects that continue to fascinate because the text is unusual, innovative, and hard to grasp so turning to the author offers simplicity and excitement simultaneously."
The mushroom is "magic" only in the context of the story. And the caterpillar is merely smoking tobacco through a hookah.
- AthenaLv 74 years ago
No, Alice is a political satire.
Not unlike Gulliver's Travels.
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- 4 years ago
Illustration of Alice holding a Flamingo, standing with one foot on a curled-up hedgehog with another hedgehog walking away
"The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo". Illustration by John Tenniel, 1865.
Illustration of a child with a sword facing a fearsome winged dragon in a forest
The Jabberwock, as illustrated by John Tenniel for Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, including the poem "Jabberwocky".
In 1856, Dean (i.e., head of the college) Henry Liddell arrived at Christ Church, bringing with him his young family, all of whom would figure largely in Dodgson's life over the following years, and would greatly influence his writing career. Dodgson became close friends with Liddell's wife Lorina and their children, particularly the three sisters Lorina, Edith, and Alice Liddell. He was widely assumed for many years to have derived his own "Alice" from Alice Liddell; the acrostic poem at the end of Through the Looking Glass spells out her name in full, and there are also many superficial references to her hidden in the text of both books. It has been noted that Dodgson himself repeatedly denied in later life that his "little heroine" was based on any real child, and he frequently dedicated his works to girls of his acquaintance, adding their names in acrostic poems at the beginning of the text. Gertrude Chataway's name appears in this form at the beginning of The Hunting of the Snark, and it is not suggested that this means that any of the characters in the narrative are based on her.
Information is scarce (Dodgson's diaries for the years 1858–1862 are missing), but it seems clear that his friendship with the Liddell family was an important part of his life in the late 1850s, and he grew into the habit of taking the children on rowing trips (first the boy Harry, and later the three girls) accompanied by an adult friend to nearby Nuneham Courtenay or Godstow.
It was on one such expedition on 4 July 1862 that Dodgson invented the outline of the story that eventually became his first and greatest commercial success. He told the story to Alice Liddell and she begged him to write it down, and Dodgson eventually (after much delay) presented her with a handwritten, illustrated manuscript entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground in November 1864.
Before this, the family of friend and mentor George MacDonald read Dodgson's incomplete manuscript, and the enthusiasm of the MacDonald children encouraged Dodgson to seek publication. In 1863, he had taken the unfinished manuscript to Macmillan the publisher, who liked it immediately. After the possible alternative titles were rejected – Alice Among the Fairies and Alice's Golden Hour – the work was finally published as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 under the Lewis Carroll pen-name, which Dodgson had first used some nine years earlier. The illustrations this time were by Sir John Tenniel; Dodgson evidently thought that a published book would need the skills of a professional artist. Annotated versions provide insights into many of the ideas and hidden meanings that are prevalent in these books. Critical literature has often proposed Freudian interpretations of the book as "a descent into the dark world of the subconscious", as well as seeing it as a satire upon contemporary mathematical advances.
The overwhelming commercial success of the first Alice book changed Dodgson's life in many ways. The fame of his alter ego "Lewis Carroll" soon spread around the world. He was inundated with fan mail and with sometimes unwanted attention. Indeed, according to one popular story, Queen Victoria herself enjoyed Alice In Wonderland so much that she commanded that he dedicate his next book to her, and was accordingly presented with his next work, a scholarly mathematical volume entitled An Elementary Treatise on Determinants. Dodgson himself vehemently denied this story, commenting "... It is utterly false in every particular: nothing even resembling it has occurred"; and it is unlikely for other reasons. As T.B. Strong comments in a Times article, "It would have been clean contrary to all his practice to identify [the] author of Alice with the author of his mathematical works". He also began earning quite substantial sums of money but continued with his seemingly disliked post at Christ Church.
Late in 1871, he published the sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. (The title page of the first edition erroneously gives "1872" as the date of publication.) Its somewhat darker mood possibly reflects changes in Dodgson's life. His father's death in 1868 plunged him into a depression that lasted some years.
- geraldLv 74 years ago
no he was a capitalist when all about you are losing their money but you keep yours you will be a capitalist my son the world is in dire straights and the stock markets are flying you have to have a bloody good imagination to justify that