The Amazing World of Alice in Wonderland

1951

Walt Disney released the animated film of Alice in Wonderland, combining elements of both Alice books. A Mad Tea Party ride was included at Disneyland, in Anaheim California, when the park first opened in 1955, and it was joined by an Alice ‘dark ride’ in 1958.

1952

Alexander Taylor published his biography The White Knight, in which he claims that Alice haunted Lewis Carroll for life: ‘the facts speak louder than any opinion that she and she alone was his lost love, the withered rose in his filing-cabinet, the little ghost that was to come crying in the night…’

Derek Hudson's biography Lewis Carroll: an illustrated biography was first published in 1954 (SHC ref 920 CAR)

Derek Hudson’s biography Lewis Carroll: an illustrated biography was first published in 1954 (SHC ref 920 CAR)

1954

Derek Hudson’s biography, Lewis Carroll, disagreed with Alexander Taylor’s statement that Carroll was in love with Alice, and claimed instead that Carroll had an innocent love for children in general, including the actress Ellen Terry, ‘his one clear romantic call.’ The two authors clashed on the pages of The Spectator, but it was Taylor’s interpretation that has become most influential.

1955

Caryl Hargreaves died on 26th November 1955, and his wife Madeleine on 5th August 1958.

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