Five fun facts about Alice:
- The novels were banned in China in 1931, on the grounds that “animals should not use human language…”
- The tree that is said to have inspired the Cheshire Cat’s tree stands in the garden behind Alice’s home at Christ Church College, Oxford.
- Lewis Carroll suffered from a rare neurological disorder that causes strange hallucinations and affects the size of visual objects, which can make the sufferer feel bigger or smaller than they are – a huge theme of the book. The disease, first discovered by English psychiatrist John Todd in 1955, was later named Alice in Wonderland Syndrome. It is also known as Todd’s syndrome.
- Dinah (Alice’s cat) has become a popular literary cat. Not directly linked but if you like cats why not visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium?
- Kathryn Beaumont voices Alice in the Disney animated film. She also voices Wendy Darling in Peter Pan.