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Using the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, the Oxford professor for mathematics, C. L. Dodgson (1832-1898), wrote stories for a little girl called Alice Liddell. The book 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was first published in 1865.


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Is Alice in Wonderland really about drugs?

Alice in Wonderland fans have been marking the 150th anniversary of the fateful boat trip that saw the genesis of the children's tale. But why do so many see adult themes in the story, asks Sophie Robehmed.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is, on one level at least, the story of a girl who disappears down a rabbit hole to a fantastic place full of bizarre adventures.

Charles Dodgson, a mathematician at Christ Church, Oxford, first told his surreal story to the daughters of dean Henry Liddell as they rowed down the Thames.

After the boating trip, 10-year-old Alice Liddell badgered Dodgson to write it down and Alice in Wonderland - under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll - was born. The heroine follows a talking white rabbit, meets the Queen of Hearts and plays croquet using flamingos as mallets.

Since the 1960s there has been a trend for readers to identify an underlying drug theme in the book.

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Alice in culture


Film-maker Tim Burton reprised the story in 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland, featuring Helena Bonham-Carter as the Red Queen (recreated on handbag, pictured)
Matt Groening's TV series Futurama includes occasional character Mad Hatter Bot - often seen with tea-set
Character Neo in film The Matrix told to "follow the white rabbit" - one of a number of allusions to Carroll's tales
Jefferson Airplane's 1967 album Surrealistic Pillow features White Rabbit - a song about smoking caterpillars, chess-men and mushrooms
US pop artist John Wesley's pictures Falling Alice and Humpty Dumpty in 1963 inspired by Alice stories
The Cheshire Cat disappears leaving only the enigmatic grin behind. Alice drinks potions and eats pieces of mushroom to change her physical state. The caterpillar smokes an elaborate water pipe. The whole atmosphere of the story is so profoundly disjointed from reality - surely drugs must have had an influence? After all this was the era of legal opium use.

Jefferson Airplane's 1967 psychedelic anthem White Rabbit runs with the drug theme.

"When the men on the chessboard get up / And tell you where to go / And you've just had some kind of mushroom / And your mind is moving low / Go ask Alice, I think she'll know."

The Matrix provides a film reference point. "You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes."

The drug link is a homespun thing. You'll find it on a host of random forums.

But the experts are usually sceptical. Carroll wasn't thought to have been a recreational user of opium or laudanum, and the references may say more about the people making them than the author.

"The notion that the surreal aspects of the text are the consequence of drug-fuelled dreams resonates with a culture, particularly perhaps in the 60s, 70s and 80s when LSD was widely-circulated and even now where recreational drugs are commonplace," says Dr Heather Worthington, Children's Literature lecturer at Cardiff University.

Full article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19254839
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