Historical Background: Victorian England

How does this poem fit into the time period in which it was written? What was life like for people then? How did poems and stories fit into culture during this time period? What was life like for children during this time period?

General Sources:


The Lewis Carroll pages on the Victorian Web

Specific Topics (FAQ’s):

Of what importance were Carroll’s works in the culture of Victorian England ?

What about drug use in Victorian England?

Did Lewis Carroll use drugs?

  • Go to the “Popular Culture” page on this site. Now scroll down this page to the Miscellaneous” section.  Then scroll down to “Drug References.” This is the official source for the answer to this question.

What was the role of education in Victorian England?

How healthy were children in Victorian England?

Hunger and Malnutrition in Victorian England

Child labor in Victorian England

The Victorian Web



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