The Reverend C. L. Dodgson ('Lewis Carroll')

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Early childhood

Born: January 27, 1832 - Died: January 14, 1898 Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832. Carroll had a happy childhood. His mother was patient and gentle, and his father, despite his religious duties, tutored all of his children and raised them. Lewis Carroll stammered ever since he was a child. He frequently made up games and wrote stories and poems for his seven sisters and three brothers. Image Courtesy : www.pancakeparlour.com

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Early childhood
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Education

Although his years at Rugby School (1846â€"49) were unhappy, he was recognized as a good student, and in 1850 he was admitted to further study at Christ Church, Oxford, England. He graduated in 1854, and in 1855 he became mathematical lecturer at the college. This job paid him a decent sum but required that he join the Church and to remain unmarried. He agreed to these requirements in 1861. Image Courtesy : www.lapatilla.com

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Education
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Early works

He attended the theater frequently and was absorbed by photography and writing. After taking up photography in 1856, he soon found that his favorite subjects were. Though photography was mostly a hobby, Carroll spent a great deal of time on it until 1880. In the mid-1850s Carroll also began writing both humorous and mathematical works. In 1856 he created the pseudonym (assumed writing name) "Lewis Carroll.” His mathematical writing, however, appeared under his real name. Image Courtesy : www.womanaroundtown.com

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Early works
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

In 1856 Carroll met Alice Liddell, the four-year-old daughter of the head of Christ Church. During the next few years Carroll often made up stories for Alice and her sisters. In July 1862, while on a picnic with the Liddell girls, Carroll recounted the adventures of a little girl who fell into a rabbit hole. Alice asked him to write the story out for her. He did so, calling it Alice's Adventures under Ground. After some changes, this work was published in 1865 as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Image Courtesy : www.static.guim.co.uk

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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2nd Book - 'Through the Looking Glass'

Encouraged by the book's success, Carroll wrote a second volume, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1872). Carroll's famous Wonderland charactersâ€"such as Humpty Dumpty, the White Knight, and Tweedledum and Tweedledeeâ€"appear in this work than in Alice in Wonderland. Image Courtesy : www.imagesbn.com

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2nd Book - 'Through the Looking Glass'
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Books of appeal

Unlike most of the children's books of the day, Alice and Through the Looking Glass did not attempt to convey obvious moral lessons. They are delightful adventure stories in which a normal, healthy, clearheaded little girl reacts to the "reality" of the adult world. Their appeal to adults as well as to children lies in Alice's intelligent response to ridiculous language and action. Image Courtesy : www.evertype.com

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Books of appeal
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Later contributions

Carroll published several other nonsense works, including The Hunting of the Snark (1876), Sylvie and Bruno (1889), and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893). He composed several works on mathematics under his true name. In 1881 Carroll gave up his lecturing to devote all of his time to writing. From 1882 to 1892, however, he was curator of the common room at Christ Church. After a short illness, he died on January 14, 1898. Image Courtesy : www.amazonaws.com

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About Lewis Carroll

The Reverend C. L. Dodgson or Lewis Carroll, was a reserved, fussy bachelor who refused to get wrapped up in the political and religious storms that troubled England during his lifetime. He however, was a delightful, lovable companion to the children for whom he created his nonsense stories and poems.

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About Lewis Carroll
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