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In this question, "Was there a literary inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland?”, the questioner quotes a Wikipedia listing of some literary works inspired by Lewis Carroll's story, including:

Little Mimzy Wells by Markiv Inias is influenced heavily by Carroll's works, and draws liberally from the themes present in said novels.

My searches on google for a work with this title have come up blank - the only results just repeat the above text verbatim. Markiv Inias also seems to be unknown to isfdb. Is this a real work, or is it just some strange phantom?

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  • As far as I can tell, this individual and this work don't exist. That's not to say that it might not turn out to be a typo in both the title and the author name.
    – Valorum
    Mar 12 at 13:58
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    I note that the Wikipedia page cited in that question no longer refers to Little Mimzy Wells, or two of the other works mentioned in the quote.
    – F1Krazy
    Mar 12 at 14:42
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    @F1Krazy other wiki pages still do though, such as manga.fandom.com/wiki/Works_based_on_Alice_in_Wonderland Mar 12 at 15:31
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This seems to be made up of whole cloth.

The closest (single) match to "Inias" in Worldcat is "Eneas Lope" who is listed for a single book in Persian. Searching for "Markiv" turns up a number of possibilities as a last name, the closest of which appears to be "Ivan Markiv," author of a 1936 collection of folktales, if online translators aren't deceiving me too much.

There's not much more luck on the side of the title either; searching for "Mimzy" in the title yields a few pages of results, almost all of which are various editions and translations of Kuttner's collection The Last Mimzy: Stories; correcting the spelling and searching for "mimsy" still gives us under a hundred hits, most of which are collections and anthologies containing "Mimsy Were the Borogroves" after which the aforementioned collection is titled.

Notably "Wells" never turns up in any connection to "Mimsy," unlike "Mimsy Pocket" (character) or "Mimsy Farmer" (actor).

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    In the interests of completeness, I do have to note that there are a number of people named Vikram Saini though again there aren't any publications that are at all close.
    – DavidW
    Mar 13 at 1:57
  • The Last Mimzy: Stories is a tie in to The Last Mimzy - still don't see any typo-based similarities with a quick skim
    – Izkata
    Mar 13 at 2:37
  • That seems quite convincing @DavidW How strange, I wonder if it is some kind of plagiarism detector, like the fake roads you get in some street maps. Mar 13 at 10:34

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