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Oxford marks 150 years since Caroll first told Alice story


Almost 150 years ago this week a maths don at Oxford went for a picnic on a boat with a young girl called Alice. He made up a story for her, a tale that has since become one of the world's most famous works of children's literature.

The Lewis Carroll Society and the Story Museum in Oxford is recreating the famous boat trip on Saturday.

The chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society, Mark Richards, says that Carroll "made books like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe possible".

Cressida Cowell, who wrote How to Train Your Dragon, says that Alice's appeal lies in the fact that she appears to be "a real little girl" and is not "a sugar-coated, Victorian image of a child".

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