Born January 27, 1832, Lewis Carroll is perhaps best known for writing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Although Alice in Wonderland is considered one of the 100 best novels, and a 2021 must-read, Carroll's other books are often overlooked. Whether you are a casual fan of Lewis Carroll, or have read and seen every piece of media related to Alice in Wonderland, check out these 5 underrated stories by Lewis Carroll you should add to your reading list!
While not exactly an unknown work amongst the Lewis Carroll fandom, The Hunting of the Snark is definitely nowhere near as popular as it should be. This epic poem was published in 1876 and is Carroll's longest work of poetry. It follows the adventures of a ship full of the usual kind of misfits you will find in any Carroll tale as they hunt down a mysterious creature called a Snark. Both a charming and confusing read, but then what else would you expect from Lewis Carroll?
While Through the Looking-Glass is a well-known work, it still seems to get overshadowed by its prequel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But the curse of the sequel shouldn't stop you from picking up this underrated Lewis Carroll book! In some ways you can see why Through the Looking-Glass is often dismissed as not quite as good as its predecessor. The novel is set a mere six months after Alice's first adventure down the rabbit hole, but this time she steps through a mirror into a strange world full of quirky characters. Although the similarities are there, it could be argued that Through the Looking-Glass has a more somber, grown-up tone than Alice in Wonderland.
Carroll's years spent at the University of Oxford as both a scholar and teacher of mathematics are often overlooked in favor of his life as a writer. He was a very talented mathematician, so it should come as no shock that he incorporate the subject into some of his stories. Published as a series between 1880 and 1885, A Tangled Tale was made up of ten short stories, or 'knots', featuring mathematical questions the reader had to untangle. Although Lewis Carroll seemed unsatisfied with the outcome of his amusing tales, some people believed them to be the perfect combination of humor and math.
When Lewis Carroll sat down to write Sylvie and Bruno, he hoped to create something unlike anything he had done before. Unfortunately, the book seemed to have suffered a similar fate as some of his other works; it was not well-received simply because people didn't think it was as good as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Contemporary critiques, however, seem to have a more positive outlook of the novel, which follows a pair of siblings named Sylvie and Bruno as they travel between Fairyland and contemporary Victorian Britain. Part nonsensical Carroll-esque delight, part social commentary, Sylvie and Bruno is a multi-dimensional novel well worth the read!
The last name on our list of 5 underrated books by Lewis Carroll is one of the author's more unique works. Carroll published Euclid and His Modern Rivals under his birth name, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and intended it to be both an academic and a literary work. While the book does dive into mathematical theory, Carroll utilizes wit and humor in order to make the heavy subject matter appealing to everyone, including the less scientifically minded.
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