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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Lewis Carroll
Biographical information
Alias Lewis Carroll
Born January 27, 1832
Daresbury, Cheshire, England
Died January 14, 1898
Guildford, Surrey, England
Age 65 (deceased)
Physical description
Gender Male
Personal information
Occupation Writer
Notable works Alice novels and its related poems
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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, otherwise known as Lewis Carroll, was the author of novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, which were based on the nonsensical stories he told to sisters Alice, Edith and Lorina Liddell. Dodgson was a very skilled mathematician and highly imaginative man.


American McGee's Alice[]

Dodgson appeared in one of the paintings in the White King's castle in the level "Castling", as well as in the mirror reflecting Alice in the options menu.

Alice: Madness Returns[]

In a Memory that was found in the Mysterious East, Alice's sister Elizabeth proclaimed that he was a clumsy sailor and if it were not for her grabbing the oars, she and Dodgson would have crashed into a riverbank.[1]

"The Liddell Riddle"[]

Coined as the "Liddell Riddle", the exact nature of Dodgson's relationship with the Liddell sisters, which would culminate in the sudden suspension of amicable relations between Dodgson and the Liddell family at the behest of the children's mother in 1863, has been a subject of debate for many years.[2]

It is possible that Angus Bumby's attraction and predatory behavior towards Elizabeth Liddell [1] were inspired by the "Liddell Riddle". Though four of thirteen diaristic volumes written by Dodgson have been lost since his death, it is evident that Lorina, the eldest sister, was the primary subject of Dodgson's writings featuring the Liddells from 1862 onwards.[2] This is reflected through Bumby's obsession with Elizabeth Liddell, who herself was the eldest daughter of the fictional Liddell family.


Portrait room

The Liddell portrait in Alice's room.

  • Dodgson may have been the anonymous sender of the Liddell family portrait that Alice received after leaving Rutledge, since he was an acquaintance of the Liddell family and had apparent friendly relations with Elizabeth and, by extension, Alice herself.[1]
  • American McGee believes that if Lewis Carroll ever saw the Alice series, he would "probably freak and run out of the room." Then when someone explained to him that computers "weren't the work of Satan... imagine he might be pleased."[3]
  • Although Lizzie mentions Dodgson by name in a Memory in Alice: Madness Returns, Dodgson's canonicity within the Alice series is questionable; McGee has stated that he does not want Dodgson, especially with the possibility that in reality Dodgson may have been a pedophile with an interest in Alice Liddell, to exist and have a role within the series.[1] McGee is not interested in the "Liddell Riddle" topic, especially considering how Dodgson is deceased and can not defend himself, also noting it was different time and era with different sensitivities. When asked if he believes the accusations, McGee simply replied he does not know and he doubts anyone knows as it's hearsay. McGee feels that pictures of him within American McGee's Alice are mistakes or oversights.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Spicy Horse (2011-06-14). Alice: Madness Returns. (Electronic Arts). Scene: Memories.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Leach, Karoline (1996-05-03). The Liddell Riddle. Times Literary Supplement. Retrieved on July 19, 2017.
  3. Kramer, Greg. (2000). American McGee's Alice Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games. ISBN 978-0761529798.

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