I would like to find out where to locate original criticism on Lewes Carroll's Alice and Wonderland and nonsense verse in general on the web?
I know that initially nonsense verse was taken very lightly (Strictly for children's amusement) and not a topic of great discussion but I need to locate quoteable criticism to back up a statement I am making in my paper. Even just a general website to look at would be very helpful. Thanks in advance
To find early responses to Lewis Carroll, you will need to search the appropriate scholarly indices.
For an undergraduate paper, you can rely on 20th and 21st century sources to point you to a bibliography of earlier works. Good starting points would by the MLA International Bibliography (searchable from the catalogue of your university library) and the Victoria Research Web, both of which have bibliographies of criticism on Carroll. Scholarly articles on the topic of the Victorian reception of Carroll will contain bibliographical references to early reviews of Carroll.
At the graduate level, or for more ambitious undergraduate research, you will need to work with indices to Victorian periodical literature that allow you to look through the tables of contents of Victorian periodicals to find the earliest articles on Carroll. The Wellesley Index is a standard starting point.
The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals is dedicated to study of Victorian periodicals . It publishes the journal Victorian Periodicals Review, that publishes an annual bibliography of research on Victorian periodicals.