The Alice novels have got their place in literary history. The popular success of Tim Burtons recent 3D picture reminds me that this Victorian story never gone out of fashion. Since Charles Dodgson, reclining on a punt in Oxford, told the narrative to Alice Liddell (age 5 or 6) it’s become the archetypal English children’s tale in a land famed for the sons’ and daughters’ stories. It is also one of the few English children’s stories that feature a heroine. It so inspired his contemporaries that many narratives taking up the thread of Alice’s adventures appeared in print shortly after Alice In Wonderland was printed.