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Heather Schepers JINS 316 Gately Lewis Carroll and His Child Friends There is no greater mistake in the world than the looking upon every sort of nonsense as a want of sense. –Leigh Hunt (1850) The writer of the fantastically popular fantasies of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass , Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll, was a man that broke the rules of proper Victorian society in life and reaffirmed the idea of the gentleman through his posthumous biography. Carroll appears to have had close relationships with young girls that would have made his novels taboo, if made public. Of course, after his death, his family glossed over the less appealing details of his life in a biography, even
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Unformatted text preview: changed his persona to satisfy the public. However, enough evidence survives to prove that Lewis Carroll compromised the reputations of his female childfriends only to abandon most of them once they began to grow up. The Victorian Web is an excellent source of the Victorian view of such relationships, which is that girls younger than fourteen were not yet sexual beings and could be allowed to be alone with men without compromising their reputation. The act of pedoHowever, Carroll remained very close friends with his exclusively female childfriends past this all important transition to womanhood....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course JINS 316 taught by Professor Gately during the Spring '08 term at Truman State.

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