The publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 marks the beginning of what is often called the Golden Age of children's literature, a period when, for the first time, children's works were written for purposes other than moral uplift. Author Lewis Carroll invented a dreamworld where Alice, a remarkably self-possessed child, encounters a series of adult eccentrics (among them, the Mad Hatter, the Ugly Duchess, the Mock Turtle), who utter parodies of well known, platitudinous poems of the period and otherwise indulge in bizarre illogic and imperious but ineffectual command. For many years the most widely read English-language work for children, the book has had many famous illustrators, including Sir John Tenniel, who illustrated the original edition, Arthur Rackham in 1907, and Mervyn Peake in 1954. The book's almost-as-famous sequel is Through The Looking Glass (1872).
A fantasy written for older children by Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1872) is a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865). The book recounts a dream in which Alice moves across the landscape of a chessboard until she is crowned queen. The plot is elaborated as a game of chess, and in characters such as Humpty Dumpty and poems such as "Jabberwocky", Carroll has sophisticated fun with the conventions of logic and language. Even more than its predecessor, the book is permeated by a sense of the sadness of growing up, especially in the character of the White Knight
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