'Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop.' So many readers were to take this famous advice given by the King of Hearts that by the end of the nineteenth century the double Alice (1865 and 1872) had acquired a pre-eminent and unassailable position in children's literature. Lewis Carroll's use of logic, by which the ordinary is translated into the extraordinary in an entirely plausible way, is delightfully combined with an exceptional knowledge and understanding of the mind of the child. Satire, allusion and symbolism weave deeper and mysterious meanings, lending a measure of immortality to Carroll's remarkable fantasy.
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