Relating to a previously unseen letter that will soon be auctioned author Lewis Carroll despised fame so much he wished he previously never written the books about Alice’s adventures that made him a literary legend
Lewis Carroll’s life changed forever after Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland was published GETTY
In the mid-19th century an obscure mathematician called Charles Lutwidge Dodgson penned a variety of learned works with titles such as A Syllabus Of Plane Algebraic Geometry in addition to Fifth Book Of Euclid Treated Algebraically.
Five years after the latter in 1865 he embarked on a radical change of direction.
Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland was published under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll and his life changed for ever.
Queen Victoria loved it, fan mail arrived by the sackful and then he grew to become recognised in the street.
It was sheer hell for a shy and retiring academic who doubled as an Anglican deacon in addition to extent of his torment is revealed for the first time in a previously unseen letter which can be likely to fetch more than Ј4,000 when it’s auctioned at Bonhams next month.
The widow of eminent Oxford surgeon Frederick Symonds, he laments being thrust into the public eye by his success and treated like a zoo animal by admirers in the letter written to Anne Symonds.
He even suggests that he wishes he had never written the classic tales that brought him worldwide fame.
“All that sort of publicity results in strangers hearing of my name that is real in with the books, and to my being pointed off to, and stared at by strangers, and treated as a ‘lion’,” he wrote.