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January 1993

Literay Illusions

Author Affiliations

Department of Medicine Division of Neurology University of Saskatchewan Royal University Hospital Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada S7N OXO

Arch Neurol. 1993;50(1):14. doi:10.1001/archneur.1993.00540010010007

To the Editor.  —I became curiouser and curiouser as I read "Literary Neurologic Syndromes—Alice in Wonderland" by Rolak.1 Although it is always nice to see recognition of Lewis Carroll's masterpiece,2 I felt compelled to point out some factual errors in the article. In the text and in Fig 1, Rolak states that Alice's Adventures in Wonderland corresponds to a chess game. The book is, in fact, based on a playing card theme. Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There3 is the book in which Alice finds herself in the midst of a chess game.In Rolak's Fig 4, the girl on the left is identified as Alice when, in fact, Alice is the girl on the right.By a curious coincidence, an excellent account of Dodgson and of Alice appears in the issue of National Geographic4 published in the same month as the Archives' article.