When Charlie Lovett was a boy growing up in Winston-Salem, one day he put on a record and heard a recording of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice In Wonderland.” When Charlie became a grown man, he would become one of the world’s leading experts on Lewis Carroll and his creations.
Why has Lewis Carroll fascinated Charlie Lovett for so long? And what do you learn when you study one person’s life so deeply?
I met Charlie a couple of weeks ago at a book festival called the Movable Feast up in Winston-Salem. The longer we talked, the more layers he revealed. Besides Lewis Carroll, we talked about his life as a dealer in rare books, his career as a bestselling novelist and how to write a play for kids that’s so compelling, they don’t wander off to the bathroom.
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- Charlie's website, with links to his books and his podcast (where I'll be appearing soon...)
- The recording of "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" that Charlie heard as a kid
- Some history of the Hammond typewriter
- A discussion about whether Shakespeare really wrote all of Shakespeare
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