Famous Writer Lewis Carroll Could Have Been Pedophile
Rumors about just how close Carroll, a lifelong bachelor, was to the children he loved have been spreading for decades. He had many child friends and was an avid photographer, taking pictures of young girls, often nude.
In the letter, the Alice In Wonderland author, reportedly discusses his fondness for children suggesting that he prefers girls to boys, but the letter's cryptic nature, according to Daily Mail, does little to resolve the questions about his sexuality which have long preoccupied the experts on his work.
Although the name of the addressee is almost illegible, it appears to begin with "Dear Miss Liddell'.
Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass after telling stories to a girl named Alice Liddell while on picnics and boating trips with her and her family on the river in Oxford, where he was a mathematics tutor.
The letter was written 12 years after the publication of Alice in Wonderland, and three years before Alice married. In his correspondence with her, the writer, allegedly, defends his fondness of little girls and his enjoyment of taking their naked pictures.
Alice's father was the Dean of Christ Church and Carroll was a close friend of the family until there was a mysterious cooling of relations in 1863, when Alice was 11.
Following his death, pages from the writer's diaries were censored or destroyed, and not one of his ten brothers and sisters ever spoke about him to outsiders.
The letter, which has been in private hands, is to be sold next week by auctioneers Hampton and Littlewood, of Exeter.
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