Marie is from the story “Nußknacker und Mausekönig” ("Nutcracker and King of Mice") by E. T. A. Hoffmann (first published in 1816)
Alice is from the story “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll (first published in 1865)
Dorothy is from the story ”The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum (first published in 1900)
Wendy is from the story “Peter and Wendy” by J. M. Barrie (first published in 1911)
What I feel connects these four literary personages is that they are all girls who, within their stories, experience fantastic “adventures” by going on fantastic voyages. For various reasons these stories interest me and I plan to use this thread to post my feelings and thoughts regarding these stories and what I understand about the history of these stories. I realize that there is a board dealing with young adult stories, but I feel it is hidden and in the best of circumstances it seems to me that not many people visit these boards. Further, while the stories may generally be considered to be children’s stories, they also could be enjoyed by adults and despite being an adult I do enjoy them.