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But thanks to Alice Liddell's importunity, and luckily for us, the intimate narrator became a world-famous author. As usually happens with a masterpiece, the initial critical reception of Alice in Wonderland was mixed. " And the book's fame has continued to grow. I have always thought one might learn much about the cultural history of a country by going through the speeches made by its public men over a certain period, in legislatures, in law courts, and at official W. H. Auden 8 banquets, and making a list of the books quoted from without attribution.
H. Auden 10 and will of their own. When she tries to remember poems she has learned, new lines come into her head unbidden, and, when she thinks she knows what a word means, it turns out to mean something else. " . . "Treacle-from a treacle well . . " . . " "Wrong! " . . " "Where do you pick the fiower? " Nothing, surely, could be more remote from the American image of the pioneering, hunting, prepolitical hero than this preoccupation with language. It is the concern of the solitary thinker, for language is the mother of thought, and of the politician-in the Greek sense-for speech is the medium by which we disclose ourselves to others.
On such occasions, Dodgson exchanged his clerical suit for white flannel trousers and his black top hat for a hard white straw hat. " Outwardly there was nothing to distinguish the Godstow expedition from any other. And nobody today would remember that it ever took place but for what seems almost a pure accident. He had told the children many stories before, to which they had listened with delight, and they begged him to tell them another. This time, perhaps, he was in better storytelling form than usual, for his friend Mr.