Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its narrativecourse and structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.
Alice in Wonderland makes no sense. It is as jumbled, disheveled, and incongruent as a dream, for that is what it is. Lewis Carroll wrote this story to appeal to the imaginations of children, an audience that does not need to search for symbolism to enjoy a story. Between the ridiculous plays on well-known poems of the day, the constantly shifting physics and attitudes of the world of Wonderland, and the hint at the end of a happy future when childhood finally passes by, he produced a tale that can appeal to imaginations of all ages.
Alice in Wonderland is not a drug trip, an overblown political satire, or a bitter remark upon society. While some of the author's views come through in the text, and the reader is welcome to interpret as he or she sees fit, there is nothing wrong with reading the story simply as a fantastic journey into a childlike, imaginative mind living through a dreamscape of wild possibilities and cultural ignorance.
The Alice Books by Lewis Carroll:
Book 1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Book 2. Through the Looking-Glass
A story written to appeal to a child with a child's grasp of politics and high society need not be criticised; it need only be enjoyed.