Lewis Carroll (letters). Edited by Guido Almansi. Text by Giorgio Almansi, Charles Lutwidge Dogson (Lewis Carroll)
1974 / 184 PAGES.
Language: Four editions: Italian, English, French, German
This volume presents a series of letters written by Lewis Carroll. Though the author’s affection for young girls is a controversial aspect of his personality, he appeared to establish a special kinship with children, which expressed itself in an elevated style of writing.
Guido Almansi has curated a collection of letters written by Lewis Carroll to little girls he was friends with, highlighting how their literary value lies precisely in the epistolary form, which “bridges the chasm separating what we are from what we were”. A correspondence held with the universal past of childhood, inhabited by a different logic of the world, and where wordplay is renewed and deepens. Beyond any perversions of the mind, exploring this ground entails coming into contact with the “living matter” of literature, where the symbols and meanings of words are born.