Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of a young girl following a rabbit down its hole and into the magical world of Wonderland has captured the imaginations of millions over the years. The novel has been in circulation since it was published, and its since ben transformed by film into a worldwide phenomenon. With the new, theatrical release of the original novel’s sequel, Alice: Through the Looking Glass, Costume SuperCenter wanted to deliver some less-than-well-known facts to all the fans of the beloved series!
Did you know that Lewis Carroll almost named the book something completely different? Or that there’s a disease that gets its common name from the story? Before you take a trip to Wonderland to hang out with the Chesire Cat and have a tea party with the Mad Hatter, make sure to get your facts right with this infographic. And check out Costume SuperCenter’s selection of Alice in Wonderland costumes so you can look the part for your trip!
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- The author of the novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, actually used a pen name to write his famous work. Lewis Carroll’s real name is, in fact, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
- There’s a syndrome named after the book, called Alice-in-Wonderland Syndrome (or Todd’s Syndrome) which is a neurological condition that causes the mind to become disoriented and make the sufferer think parts of their bodies are changing sizes.
- The riddle, “Why is a raven like a writing desk” found in the book is admittedly complete and utter nonsense. Carroll insisted that there was no answer.
- The book was almost titled, “Alice’s Hour in Elfland.” Carroll had tried a few different titles before settling on the final, including “Alice’s Adventures Underground” and “Alice Among the Fairies.”
- The Alice in the book was based on a real person! Alice Liddell was the daughter of Henry Liddell, the Dean of the Christ Church College at Oxford, where Carroll was a math teacher. Henry was his boss.