The New Belfry

Christ Church Tom Quad, looking south towards the Hall with the temporary belfry mounted on top of it. Photographer: C.L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) In 1872 the Christ Church College Cathedral belfry showed damages which made it necessary to rehouse its bells elsewhere. Driven by Dean Henry George Liddel, the New Belfry project started in 1872. … Continue reading “The New Belfry”

Knight Letter № 100

In July 2018, the members of the LCSNA (Lewis Carroll Society of North America) received the 100th Knight Letter. (A friend told me that the caterpillar (here without hookah) on the front page is a Hickory Horned Devil.) Also in this issue, Goetz Kluge makes the case that a seventeenth-century engraving may have influenced Henry … Continue reading “Knight Letter № 100”

Carroll’s comments on an Oxford Belfry

In The New Belfry of Christ Church, a certain “D. C. L.” wrote: § 7. On the impetus given to Art in England by the new Belfry, Ch. Ch. The idea has spread far and wide, and is rapidly pervading all branches of manufacture. Already an enterprising maker of bonnet-boxes is advertising ‘the Belfry pattern’: … Continue reading “Carroll’s comments on an Oxford Belfry”

Lace-Making

Did you know that lace-making is evil? 273    The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade— 274        Each working the grindstone in turn: 275    But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed 276        No interest in the concern: 277    Though the Barrister tried to … Continue reading “Lace-Making”

Nose is a Nose is a Nose

A Snark article in the Knight Letter (with lots of help from the editors Chris Morgan and Mark Burstein) Source: Knight Letter (ISSN 0193-886X), Fall 2017, Number 99 When I wrote this article, I failed to mention that already in 1973 Elizabeth Sewell pointed out in The Field of Nonsense that a line in Carroll’s … Continue reading “Nose is a Nose is a Nose”

Bathing-Machines

[The New Belfry of Christ Church, Oxford] is of the best of Dodgson’s Oxford squibs, a good humored but cutting attack on Dean Liddell (the father of Alice) and the wooden cube built to contain the Cathedral bells during operations to build a new tower. Though it can still be found today behind the stone … Continue reading “Bathing-Machines”

Carroll Tackles Vivisection

It’s National Poetry Month? Nonsense! […] April 9, 2018 [Author: Matt Dilworth] mdilwort […] Yet nonsense poems, and Carroll’s in particular, often carry significant political undertones. For example, in Carroll’s “The Hunting of the Snark”, he tackles vivisection and the role of anthrocentrist activities in scientific pursuit. […] Yes, I thought so.   MG019, MG050 … Continue reading “Carroll Tackles Vivisection”