Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Top 10 eccentrics in literature

For the Guardian, journalist and historian David McKie named a top ten list of eccentrics in literature.

One entry on his list:
The White Knight in Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

My favourite piece on Carroll's chessboard since I first encountered him, with his songs, his uncertain seat in the saddle, and his talent for strange inventions. And, I guess, Carroll's favourite too. The mild blue eyes and kindly smile of the knight, his armour agleam in the setting sun, his horse gently cropping the grass: "of all the strange things that Alice saw in her journey ... this was always the one she remembered most clearly." Me too.
Read about another eccentric on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue