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Karoline Leach (born 20 July 1967) is a British playwright and author, best known for her book In the Shadow of the Dreamchild (ISBN 0-7206-1044-3), which re-examines the life of Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This book and her subsequent work on what she terms the "Carroll Myth" have been major sources of upheaval and controversy in recent years and she has produced very polarized responses from Carroll scholars and lay enthusiasts.

Leach was born in Liverpool. She studied acting and worked as both actor and director in British theatre before becoming a writer.

The Carroll controversy

Leach's theory of a 'Carroll Myth' created a furore when first suggested, and continues to divide scholars, although in recent years the idea has been gaining ground, with authors such as Carolyn Siger offering it support. However, authors like Morton N. Cohen, Donald Rackin and Martin Gardner continue to downplay or dismiss her importance. Cohen, who is also a Dodgson biographer, repudiates Leach's position as being simply a plea for the defence, and, in a recent article in the Times Literary Supplement labeled Leach and her supporters as 'revisionists' attempting to rewrite history.

In 2004 Leach founded the Association for New Lewis Carroll Studies, that aims to promote reassessment of Carroll's life in light of the alleged 'Myth'. Its membership, as of 2010, includes scholars such as Hugues Lebailly, Carolyn Sigler, Sherry L. Ackerman, John Tufail and Cristopher Hollingsworth.

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