“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.” — Lewis Carroll, Author of “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland”
“Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” was published in the United States on this day in 1865 — the novel written by English author Lewis Carroll has inspired 40 different television and film adaptations. Following the adventures of a precocious seven-year-old named Alice as she navigates Wonderland, a peculiar world populated with colorful characters like the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, the children’s book was a critical and commercial success, leading to Carroll writing the hit 1871 sequel “Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There”. A writer known for his clever and intricate wordplay, Carroll was delighted with the nonsensical, using literary devices from the fantasy and fairy tale genres to explain the illogical worlds his characters inhabited. More than 150 years after its publication, “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” is still in print and influencing popular culture, with many prominent writers like Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman citing Carroll as a major influence on their work.