Lewis Carroll's 'Hints for Etiquette; Or, Dining Out Made Easy' was written in his youth and is a comic parody of the strict, often absurd, rules of refined Victorian dining etiquette. Carroll drew inspiration from a real etiquette book, Hints on Etiquette (first published 1834).
- Article by:
- Philip Ardagh
- The novel 1832 - 1880, Childhood and children's literature
Children's author Philip Ardagh looks at how Lewis Carroll transforms the highly-ritualised, rule-bound nature of 19th-century mealtimes into the madcap hilarity of the Hatter's tea party.