AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland fell down the rabbit hole and into the published world 150 years ago this month.Lewis Carroll first told the story to family friends on a boat ride down the Isis river in an attempt to entertain three young sisters. One of those girls was 10 year-old Alice Liddell, whom Carroll later confessed was his favorite of the three. Alice loved the fantastical tale so much that she begged him to write it down so it would not be forgotten. After much pestering, Carroll promised the young girl that the story would not be lost.Nearly two and a half years later Carroll delivered the story to Miss Liddell handwritten in a green leather booklet filled with illustrations and presented as a Christmas gift in 1864.CHECK Out: New Best-selling Book Designed to Put Children to Sleep in MinutesIt was through later encouragement from friends who also read the manuscript that Carroll set his mind to publishing the story.Composed of twelve short chapters that read like individual episodes, the children’s book begins with seven year-old Alice, sitting with her sisters. After falling asleep, she enters “Wonderland” by falling down a rabbit hole. Alice encounters many strange animals that engage her in conversation. As she moves deeper into Wonderland she becomes more enchanted–and confused–by the inhabitants of the strange land, including the Queen of Hearts who invites her for a game of croquet during which the infamous Cheshire Cat appears. At the end of the novel, when she finds herself in trouble, she wakes up. Her adventures in Wonderland–and all the meaningful metaphors–were all a dream.RELATED: Brand New Book by Dr. Seuss–Was Lost–Now Published 55 Years LaterLewis Carroll was the pen name used by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy man with a stammer and a great reluctance to open his private life. Though he remained personally sequestered from the spotlight, he relished the job of marketing his well-loved children’s story in any way he could. Illustrations of his quirky characters were placed on everyday items for children to see, such as biscuit tins and postage stamp cases.ALSO: Precious “Lost” Tolkien Story to be Published For the First TimeThe book’s sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, which includes the poem Jabberwocky, was published six years later.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
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West Indies head coach, Phil Simmons feels that the match yesterday against England was lost due to Stuart Broad’s performance with the new ball on day four. England leveled the three-Test series with a 113-run win in the second match and Simmons spoke to the media following the loss.He explained “I think through the five days we played some good cricket, for me we lost control over the game in five or six overs of the new ball yesterday evening when we were in a good position to bat through the day and then bat some of today and close off the game but the spell from Broad is where I think we lost the game and we lost our way there and couldn’t hold it back.”In that period, West Indies were in control at 227 for four heading into the final session but were bowled out for 287 in the session before England closed the day on 37 for two. England eventually pressed on to set the visitors 312 to win or survive around 85 overs. Simmons revealed the plan was to approach the game until Tea on the final day and then decide if to go for the win or play of the draw but the start did not go according to plan.“I think it is disappointing, I think the way we started chasing 300, if we batted normally between when we started batting and tea time then we could have seen what was happening, the plan was to see out Tea and see what we had left to chase and decide if we are going to go at it or bat out the day but the way we started the innings did not go well for us and we had to be fighting to save the game,” he stated.Reflecting on the match, Simmons posited that one of the areas that he believes could have made the difference is the batsmen carrying on to score centuries since five batsmen scored fifties. Looking at England’s approach, Ben Stokes (176) and Dom Sibley (120) forged a double century stand that propelled them to a massive first innings total. “The only thing I can see is we had five-six fifties and no one has converted to hundreds, I think that’s where things lie because had we continued from 200 and something for four yesterday and one of the guys in got a hundred, another hundred-run partnership because we had two or three 50-run partnerships so these are the little things that help you control the Test match and we had things under control up to that point,” he pointed out.