One of the most intriguing and imaginary literary exploits of the 19th century is without a doubt Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (as it’s commonly shortened from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland).
Written in 1865, the novel has just celebrated its 150th birthday. London’s British Library commemorates this anniversary with an exhibition that kicked off in November and runs through April 2016 .
Lewis Carroll, whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was inspired by a young girl he knew, and created a fantastical story about her, Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole that gives her access to a fanciful world in which she encounters, among others talking animals and magical objects.
As an example of the literary nonsense genre, it’s not just a fun and adventure-filled children’s book, but a story with lasting significance for adults, too. Especially adults who love the ideas of escapism, the innocent and yet confusing world of childhood and the symbolism of human nature found within the animals’ quirky mannerism throughout the book.
This exhibition is free, make sure to catch it if you’re in London!