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Lewis Carroll

Charles Dodgson
  Lewis Carroll was the literary pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, born in 1832. The son of a rector, he grew up in Daresbury, Cheshire, with his ten brothers and sisters. An inventive and highly intellectual child, Dodgson created various amusements for his siblings in the form of stories, poems and games. In addition to his creative writing skills, he displayed an aptitude for Mathematics from an early age. On his fourteenth birthday, he was enrolled at Rugby boarding school, where although he excelled academically, he was the victim of bullying and extremely unhappy.

Charles Dodgson   After leaving Rugby in 1849, he was matriculated at Christ Church college, Oxford, where he studied Mathematics, graduating with first-class honours in 1854. He remained at Christ Church as a Mathematical Lecturer, Sub-librarian and Curator of the Common Room for the rest of his life. He was ordained a deacon in the Church of England in 1861.

  Dodgson was also and acclaimed photographer and, of course, author. Carroll's fictional works were developed over many years; he told entertaining stories to children throughout his life, and most likely many of his ideas for characters date back to his childhood. These ideas came together as Alice's Adventures on 4th July 1962, when Dodgson took the Dean of Christ Church's daughters, Alice, Lorina and Edith, along the river to Godstow for a picnic. Alice enjoyed the story so much, she asked Dodgson to write it down for her, and the rest is history.


Lewis Carroll (Lenny's Alice in Wonderland site), In The Shadow of the Dreamchild: The Myth and Reality of Lewis Carroll (Karoline Leach, 1999, Peter Owen), The Diaries of Lewis Carroll (Edward Wakeling, 1993-2007, The Lewis Carroll Society), The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll (Stuart Dodgson Collingwood, 1898, T. Fisher Unwin), Lewis Carroll: a Biography (Anne Clark, 1979, J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd), Lewis Carroll: an Illustrated Biography (Derek Hudson, 1976, Constable), Lewis Carroll: a Biography (Morton N. Cohen, 1995, Macmillan), Lewis Carroll: a Biography (Michael Bakewell, 1996, Mandarin), Lewis Carroll: Looking-Glass Letters: The Illustrated Letters (Thomas Hinde, 1991, Collins & Brown)