Constructing Carroll (links)

Exploits of the rumors about Lewis Carroll:
※ Gary Bills, A Letter for Alice, 263 pages, 2019. Bills starts the book with his literally wet fantasies about how C.L. Dodgson might have taken a nude photo “on sale in Paris, for the secret albums of gentlemen” (possibly a reference to a photo owned by the Musée Cantini in Marseilles) allegedly depicting Lorina Liddell. Bills’ pornotextual story might have been inspired by a BBC “documentary” presented by Martha Kearney in 2015 and is one of the filthiest and most dishonest gossip exploits known to me.
※ Ghislain Gilberti, Dernière sortie pour wonderland, 485 pages, 2017, critique.
※ Mario Cláudio, O fotógrafo e a rapariga, 60 pages, 2015.
※ Melanie Benjamin, Alice I Have Been, 2009.Never Seen by Waking Eyes, 2000
Grant Morrison & Dave McKean, turnened the Mad Hatter into a pedophile comics character, 1989.
(The Mad Hatter in that comic is not the hatter from Carroll’s AiW. Rather, he thinks he is the character.) promotes the book El hombre que amaba a las niñas: Correspondencia y retrato (by Servando Rocha(?), La Felguera Ediciones, 2013) using a doctored photo. There is a prologue by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. Surely, G.K. Chesterton (1874~1936) didn’t write anything to be printed on the bookcover of El hombre que amaba a las niñas as “prologue”.

※ Alexander Larman, Curious and curiouser – The afterlife of Lewis Carroll and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 2021
Diane Waggoner, Lewis Carroll’s Photography and Modern Childhood, 2020.
Anna Kérchy, Alice in Transmedia Wonderland, 2016.
Karoline Leach, In the Shadow of the Dreamchild: The Myth and Reality of Lewis Carroll, 2015.
※ Robert Douglas-Fairhurst: The Story of Alice, 2015.
※ Stephanie L. Schatz, Lewis Carroll’s Dream-child and Victorian Child Psychopathology, 2015.
Jenny Woolf, The Mystery of Lewis Carroll, 2011. (🔊 2006-12-19)
※ Richard Foulkes: Lewis Carroll and the Victorian Stage, 2005
Donald Thomas, Lewis Carroll – A Portrait with Background, 1996. (My favorite!)
※ Jackie Wullschlager, Inventing Wonderland – The Lives and Fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J.M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame and A.A. Milne, 1996/2001. (A deservedly bad review of Wullschlager’s amateurish Freudian analysis in “Wullschläger’s semi-psychoanalytic biographies…”)
Edward Guilano, James R. Kincaid (editors): Soaring with the DoDo – Essays on Lewis Carroll’s Life and Art, 1992.
※ Derek Hudson, Lewis Carroll – An Illustrated Biography, 2nd. edition 1976.
Phyllis Greenacre, Swift and Carroll: A Psychoanalytic Study of Two Lives, 1955.
※ John Howe Jenkins, Cakeless, 1874 (reprinted in Anne Clark, The Real Alice – Lewis Carroll’s Dream Child, 1981)

Karoline Leach: Ina in Wonderland (1996-05-03)
Karoline Leach: Lewis Carroll’s Friendships with Adult Women (2002)
Karoline Leach: Who mutilated Lewis Carroll’s Diaries? (2005)
※ Hugues Lebailly: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s Infatuation with the Weaker and more Aeshetics Sex (2010)

Dale Hartley, Why Scholars Debate Lewis Carroll’s Photography, 2021-06-05
Sonia Le Gall, Lewis Carroll – le mystérieux créateur d’Alice au Pays des Merveilles, 2020-05-21
Nicola Cameron, Twitter thread 2020-03-07.
※ Alan Beechey, Lewis and me (about manipulated photos), 2015.
※ Will Brooker,, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Author Lewis Carroll Wasn’t the Pedophile Pop Culture Made Him Out To Be, 2016.
Justin Sherin (“Writer. Not Nixon.”),, a thread about Dodgson’s photo taking using the wet collodion process
※ Lía Sandra Tapia: ¿Fue Lewis Carroll un pedófilo reprimido?, 2016.
Fern Riddell, Curiouser and Curiouser: The Case of Lewis Carroll, 2015.
Josh Jones, Lewis Carroll’s Photographs of Alice Liddell…, 2014.
※ Victorian Era Morality Facts
※ Jan Marsh, Victoria and Albert Museum: Sex & Sexuality in the 19th Century, 2013?, ©2016.
Steven Mintz: Placing childhood sexual abuse in historical perspective, 2012.
※ Adam Gopnik, New Yorker: Lewis Carroll and the loves of his life, 1995-10-09.
※ Edward Wakeling: Carroll Photographer, 2003.
※ Sadi Ranson: 42 Seconds Under Ground: The Photography of Lewis Carroll, 2004
※ Sarah K. Elliott: Understanding Concerns About Lewis Carroll, 2017.
※ Jenny Woolf, Smithsonian Magazine: Lewis Carroll’s Shifting Reputation, 2010.
※ Jenny Woolf, The Mystery of Lewis Carroll (essay), 2015.
※, comment to the BBC documentary The Secret world of Lewis Carroll, 2015.
※ Emma Hollen, Twitter, “[THREAD] A lot of controversial rumours have been circulated regarding Lewis Carroll’s relationship with Alice Liddell …”, 2019-12-19.
Louise Parker,, Curiouser and Curiouser… According to Research, Lewis Carroll was a Paedophile, 2017-11-08.
Louise Parker ends her article like this: “One last thing you might not have known about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Despite the loss of contact and the abrupt end of a long and intense friendship, Alice Liddell chose to name her third and youngest son Caryl. Now what do you make of that?” Now, what do you make of Louise Parker? It gets worse: That article uses a doctored photo. I asked the author to remove it.
※ Jon Solo, YouTube, The Messed Up Origins of Alice in Wonderland (Pt. 1) | Disney Explained, 2018-11-30.
It’s, as the title says, mainly about Carroll’s Alice novel. At 01m20s and 07m34s of the part 1 video, Jon Solo is using two photoshopped fake photos. He knows (December 2019) that the photos are fake, but they still are used in his video (May 2020). I asked him to remove the photos or the video (Twitter and YouTube). But he fails to correct his mistake.
Marion Cazaux: Lewis Caroll (sic!) : photographie, petites filles, et nudité, 2020-04-10
Cazaux’s otherwise interesting article (written in French) started with a fake photo (see also Twitter screenshot). Although the article got a bad start, it is worth reading because the author puts things into their historical context. (2020-04-20: The doctored photo has been removed, but “Caroll” still needs to be replaced by “Carroll”.)
Was Lewis Carroll also obsessed with bathing machines?
ICD-10-CM F65.4 (ICD-11: 6D32)
Blog entry related to this page

Wikipedia (update 2020-06-11):
Victorian morality
Lewis Carroll – Discussion of Dodgson’s sexual preferences
Alice Liddell – Relationship with Lewis Carroll

Guillermo Martínez (update 2020-06-13):
※ GM, The Alice in Wonderland Murders, 2019,
available in Spanish and German;
English translation: hardcover: 978-1408712870, 2021-01-07; softcover: 978-0349144122, 2021-07-01.
Not an exploit of the rumors, but an exploit of the debate about the rumors and the participants in that debate.


James R Kincaid (update 2020-06-14):
※ JK, Child-Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture, 1992
(Reviews: Don Richard Cox, 2016-03-03; Michael Freeman, 1995)

※ JK, Annoying the Victorians, 1994
※ Curtis Rush (The Star), Controversial U.S. professor James Kincaid slams critics who call him an advocate for pedophilia, 2013-10-19

Daniel Ramírez (update 2020-06-15):
※ DR, Lewis Carroll, el hombre que amaba a las niñas (Spanish, length: 1:35:24), YouTube upload: 2019-01-26

Conclusions (at 1:10:36 in the video):
(1) Lewis Carroll expressed his love for girls, not boys.
(2) He was not a pedophile who repressed his love for girls.
(3) He never was violent to any of the numerous girls he met and treated.
(4) He sublimated his sexual tendency through photography and oral and written stories.

Ramírez also corrected some conclusions from the BBC report The Secret world of Lewis Carroll (2015)

I do not think that Ramírez’ presentation is related to the book El hombre que amaba a las niñas: Correspondencia y retrato (published by La Felguera Ediciones, 2013).

I suggest to slightly extend Ramírez’ 4th point:
(4) He sublimated his sexual tendency through photography and oral and written stories as well as through “mental work” like creating and solving mathematical puzzles.


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