The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll, Volume 6 & Other Works

- Book Club

Presenter: Charlie Lovett

The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll, Volume 6: A Miscellany of Works on Alice, Theater, Religion, Science, and More. Published by the Lewis Carroll Society of North America/University Press of Virginia, 2021

Volume 6 is divided into: Theater; Religion and Morality; Science and Mathematics; The Alice Books; Circular Letters; Photography; Letters and Postage; Humor; Stories; Undergraduate Papers; Poetry; Games, Puzzles, and Related Materials; and Miscellaneous, along with informative illustrations, appendices, and a bibliography.

The sixth and final volume in the series collects over one hundred items which Lewis Carroll wrote on a wide variety of subjects. Drawn from separately published pamphlets, contributions to periodicals, and unpublished manuscripts, many of these items have not been reprinted since the nineteenth century, and more than a dozen are newly discovered. Dodgson here opines on the debate over children acting on stage, religious and moral matters, university affairs, and more. His letters to the press cover a range of topics from the eight-hour workday to the problem of stray dogs in London to life on the island of Tristan da Cunha. This volume greatly expands our view of Carroll and shows him as a social activist, moral philosopher, and maverick.

NOTE: This recording is missing the beginning of Charlie’s talk due to a technical issue.

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Speaker Bio:

Charlie Lovett, a lifelong Carrollian scholar and collector, as well as educator, playwright, and New York Times bestselling author, provides detailed historical background and context for these writings with in-depth essays explaining why Dodgson wrote what he did and how others reacted to these writings at the time.

Other Carroll related work in progress by Charlie includes:

  • Lewis Carroll Formed by Faith, slated for publication by UVA Press in 2021.
  • A Bibliography of the Works of Charles L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll).