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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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A Week in Literary History

January 27th, 2002

Mathematician and author Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865) is born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in Daresbury, Cheshire, 1832.

Lewis Carroll, b. January 27, 1832, d. 1898

carroll.jpgCharles Dodgson need have written nothing else besides his two Alice books to achieve immortality. Everything’s there in an enchanting blend of whimsy and intellectual rigor — questions of belief, existence and fate, treatises on physics that prefigure Einstein’s relativity, commentary on moral conundrums. And all treated with an appetite for language that cannot fail to seduce any literate reader, whether child or adult. If Carroll chose to take pictures of little girls in their underwear, so what? That’s as far as it went; he was a harmless and affectionate man, and his books are as fresh today as when they were written.

Suggested Reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, 1865. Bruno’s Revenge, 1867. Phantasmagoria: And Other Poems, 1869. Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, 1871. A Tangled Tale, 1885. Sylvie and Bruno, 1889. Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, 1893. The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition, 1960. The Hunting of the Snark, 1975.

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