The Classic Dead Author's Curated Home Collection continues on ETSY today. We are visiting and curating the home of the author of such classic children's literature as "Alice In Wonderland," and "Through the Looking Glass" Lewis Carroll's real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and is popular the world over for his fantasy writing placed within a Victorian setting. His interaction with children of families he befriended inspired & later prompted the publication of his work. Carroll was a renaissance man of sorts experimenting in photography, mathematics, painting and also literature. This year also marks the anniversary of "Alice in Wonderland's" release. Its odd to think that it was released the same year that the Civil War in America was ending - just a historical side note. lI'm sure that in 1865 he couldn't have imagined the impact his writing would have had on millions of readers 150 years later in 2015!
As a child, one of my most terrifying experiences was reading Carroll's poem, "The Jabberwocky." I consider this experience my first foray into horror, and its one of the things I love about timeless children's literature. The ability to make the reader confront fears, uncomfortable feelings and question their view of reality is a true trademark of what separates lasting classic children's writings from the ones that simply pass away. Lewis Carroll does this very well, which is why I believe that he has endured from generation to generation. Reading his books as a child opened my eyes to the possibility that everyday things could come to life in the most unusual and unexpected ways.
If he were living today, I think that Lewis Carroll would have had a whimsical Victorian home paired with abstract art, a bright color palette, literary references throughout his accessories and a touch of the whimsically bizarre. I think that if Carroll were alive today, he would be free from the cultural and societal binds that so mark the Victorian Era and his home would reflect that. I also think that the author would be an introverted person, who is constantly in his own head brooding about his next work, literary or otherwise. This has been one of the most fun curated treasuries so far as my children helped me pick out some of the items featured, which was really cool. I think the next few treasuries may be classic dead children's authors, so I can include them more into what I'm trying to do here. Visit this treasury by following the link; Lewis's House. I always appreciate likes and followers for our ETSY shop, as well, at this link: PaperCanvasEtc...
Lewis Carroll is immortalized by his writing for generations to come. That's what is so very interesting about classic literature - years pass and children grow, but their love for the books they read as children continues and is passed on to their children. Happy anniversary, "Alice In Wonderland," may your next 150 years be as memorable as the last. As always - Happy Designing!