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Some women have motivated artists. They are often called muses and one of the great ones was Alice Liddell (1852-1934). Alice was the inspiration to Lewis Carroll, who wrote several stories for her: Alice’s Adventures in WonderlandThrough the Looking-GlassThe Hunting of the Snark, “Jabberwocky.” Apparently he spent much of his free time with her and made up many improvisational stories, and we are lucky that some of them survived in print.

Alice Liddell before Alice in Wonderland

Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll to write stories for her. Photo by Lewis Carroll

This girl and later young woman was an inspiration to many other men including princes and her poise was clearly regal. Unfortunately, all inspirations do not come to a good end and two of her brothers were killed in WWI.

What amazing stories did Alice hear that we will never hear?

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