Lewis Carroll: Sylvie and Bruno; Sylvie and Bruno Concluded

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  • Roger Lathbury (George Mason University)

Sylvie and Bruno and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded by Lewis Carroll, the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson (1832-1898), are two separate books mixing fantasy and fiction. Published in 1889 and 1893 by Macmillan (London), they were the author's final literary works and, as he saw them, his most serious. Although they never achieved the popularity of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Through the Looking Glass (1872), or The Hunting of the Snark (1876), the author wrote in a letter of January 1892 that he had “tried to put more real thought into [Sylvie and Bruno]” and took “a far deeper interest” in the work than in the “Alice books.”

The Sylvie …

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Lathbury, Roger. "Sylvie and Bruno; Sylvie and Bruno Concluded". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 December 2007
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