Re: Karoline's article
- John Tufail writes:
> Having read Karoline's article"Holding a looking glass to childhood's mysteries" by Stephen Winn.
> (but not that of Stephen Winn)
> I can understand why Winn's
> description of Carroll may
> cause some slightly wearily
> raised eyebrows.
"In the eye of the beholder - Lewis Carroll photography show raises
difficult aesthetic questions" by Kenneth Baker.
"Carroll not creepy" by Rev. Robert W. Cromey.
You'll probably have to do some copying and pasting to get a URL on
- In a message dated 06/09/2002 20:55:21 GMT Daylight Time, MarkIsrael@... writes:
Thank you kindly for that Mark
Shyness, one deaf ear and a lifelong stammer short-circuited his ambitions as a minister. "Handsome but asymmetric," according to "Alice" scholar Martin Gardner, Dodgson never married, gave "humorless and boring" math lectures and, except for rejecting the doctrine of eternal damnation, hewed faithfully to Church of England doctrine.
Reading this paragraph within the con text of the whole article is a most interesting exercise as there is no do ubt that if some knowledgeable sub -editor had excised this para, the article would have been far more im pressive . I possibly did perform a slight mis-service th Mt Wynn.
Yet it is this short paragraph that seems to set the historical tone for the article as a whole an d I for one would challenge the veracity of virtually of various every claim made in this short summary:
a) Shyness. Yet Mr Winn subscribers to th e lionising theory of Carroll l ater on in the article. Hard to imagine a shy lioniser, a person who beards celebrities in their homes and seeks out princes! Not that I subscribe to the lion ising charg e eith er. Lionising suggests indiscrimination and Carroll was far from that. Thos Carroll chose to seek out he did so out of genuine interest and in the majority of cases befriended them - a relationship that deman ds at least some response from the other party!
b ) 'One deaf ear and a lifetime stammer short circuited h is ambition s as a minister.' ? Palpable nonsense. Carroll was an effective preacher who both sought out preachin g opportunities at various times of his life and was also sought after as a preacher. All the evidence is that, far fro m having 'ambition' to become a m inister, h e risked h is career and reputation to avoid ordination for reasons that had nothing to do with his stammer.
c) A 'humorless and boring ' lecturer? Some found him so. But more foun d him otherwise. The evidence again is that Carroll was a competent lecturer whose style was enjoyed and appreciated by th ose in terested i n learning what i t was that Carroll was teaching.
d) 'Except for rejecting the doctrine of eternal damnation' is rather like saying of Newman that except for his becoming a Roman Catholic he remained a staunch Anglican all his life. And, of course, the list has discussed the many other areas of doctrine and Church politics where Carroll challenged and refuted the established line - from original sin to the relativity of sin.
But apart from this, it's not too bad an article at all.