1. Lewis Carroll’s Mad Tea Party from 10 Famous Feasts Slideshow

10 Famous Feasts Slideshow

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1. Lewis Carroll’s Mad Tea Party

On July 4, 1862, author and photographer Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) and Reverend Canon Duckworth took Lorina Charlotte (LC), Alice, and Edith (Tillie) Liddell on a boat ride along the Thames River. As they floated through Oxford, Dodgson, who had a fear of growing old, began telling them fantastical stories of summer adventures in a place called Wonderland.

While Alice has many memorable adventures, her most recognized and meaningful scene happens with the Hatter, Hare, and Dormouse at a very mad tea party clearly inspired by this fateful boat trip. Even the Dormouse (Carroll) falling asleep repetitively at the table was indicative of Carroll's playful nature with the girls, as he would pretend to fall asleep mid-fairy tale.