LEWIS CARROLL ~ LETTER ~ AUTOGRAPH - ~ ALICE IN WONDERLAND For Sale
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LEWIS CARROLL ~ LETTER ~ AUTOGRAPH - ~ ALICE IN WONDERLAND:
LEWIS CARROLL~LETTER~1891~ALICE IN WONDERLAND
LEWIS CARROLL. Autograph Letter Signed ("C.L. Dodgson"), in black ink on bifold leaf, 3 1/2 pages, 3 1/2" x 5 1/2", Christ Church, Oxford, July 16, 1891. Fine fresh example.
To Sir Robert H. Collins:
A good letter to an aid to Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Albany with reference to Maggie Bowman, her siblings and a stage performance of "Alice in Wonderland". Carroll seeks to have the Duchess meet Maggie and her two sisters (Nellie and Empsie) hoping to get her a royal audience and royal approval.
Dodgson had a good deal to do with putting the Bowman sisters and brother on the stage and with their great success. He first encountered Isa, who had a small part in the original stage production of Alice, at a rehearsal, and before long was taking her on day outings and on visits to Eastbourne. In the course of their friendship he naturally met the other Bowman children, three younger sisters and a brother. With Dodgson's help all went on to act professionally - the girls to full-time stage careers.
See page 710 in Cohen: "The Letters," for much more information on the Bowman family.
Not in "The Letters", but see page 851 for a letter July 16, 1891 to Ethel Hatch referring to Isa.
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), born January 27, 1832; died January 14, 1898; pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, English author and mathematician; most famous for "Alice in Wonderland," etc.
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