English girl who would go on to inspire the classic children’s novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and its sequel ‘Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There’. Alice Pleasance Liddell was born in 1852, to a high class family in Oxford along with her nine siblings. She would later inspire Charles Lutwidge Dodgson to write his novel under the pseudonym ‘Lewis Carroll’ during a boat ride, when she asked for a story.
In later life, her family suffered a sudden break in contact with Dodgson but the reason for this is still speculated and remains a mystery to this day, with many claiming it was a rift in political opinion between himself and Alice’s father or the controversial theory that Dodgson was sexually attracted to the young girl.
Alice would go on to marry Richard Hargreaves, a cricketeer, and had two children of her own, whom she named Leopold, after her friend and Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Leopold, and Caryl. She died at the age of eighty-two in the year 1934.
Her literary counterpart led a much more exciting life however. Like her real-life counterpart, Alice was said to live in Oxford alongside her unnamed older sister and her pet cat Dinah.
One day, while relaxing alongside a river, she spotted a white rabbit in a waistcoat running into a rabbit hole. Curious, Alice followed the rabbit and fell into the strange underground world of Wonderland, where she met its strange inhabitants, The Duchess,The Caterpillar, The Cheshire Cat, The Hatter and The March Hare, The Dodo, The Mock Turtle and The Griffon as well as the tyrannical Queen of Hearts and many more. During an unfair trial, the Queen attempted to attack Alice who luckily woke up just in time.
She would also end up travelling through a mirror to another world, Looking Glass Land, where she met both the White and Red Queens, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and heard the story of the terrible Jabberwocky and the hero who defeated it with the Vorpal Sword. Eventually, she would be crowned a queen in her own right and returned back home for good.
Despite the fact that Carroll hardly described her appearance, she is often depicted with blonde hair, a headband, a blue dress and white pinafore and a pair of white stockings and black Mary Jane shoes after the famous drawings by John Tenniel who actually depicted her dress as yellow, and Disney’s famous 1951 film ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
She has appeared in countless pieces of media, including anime, manga, films, television and video-games. Her most accurate ‘Alice Liddell’ like appearance was in the cult classic game ‘ American McGee’s Alice’ and the sequels ‘Alice: Madness Returns’ and ‘Alice:Otherlands’. Here she is shown to look almost exactly like her real-life counterpart, with brown hair.