Author Lewis Carroll

Here are some interesting facts about Lewis Carroll:

  • Lewis’s real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Lewis Carroll was his pen name.
  • He was born January 27, 1832, in Daresbury, Chesire, England.
  • His great-grandfather (Charles Dodgson) was the Bishop of Elphin.
  • Dodgson’s father (also Charles Dodgson) was the Archdeacon of Richmond.
  • His reading lists at the young age of seven included such books as “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” attesting to a precocious intellect.
  • He suffered from a stammer along with most of his siblings.
  • In adult life, Dodgson’s stammer disappeared when talking with children.
  • When he was a young child he suffered from a fever that left him deaf in one ear.
  • His mother died from what was called “inflammation of the brain” at the age of 47 in 1851. It was probably meningitis or a stroke.
  • Dodgson attended Christ Church college, just like his father.
  • In 1854, he obtained first-class honors in the Final Honors School of Mathematics, standing first on the list, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts.
  • Dodgson purchased a camera in 1856, and took up the new art form of photography – at which he quickly excelled.
  • He was ordained a deacon in the Church of England in December, 1861.
  • His pen name was selected by his editor from four he had submitted: Lewis Carroll, Edgar Cuthwellis, Edgar U.C. Westhill, and Louis Carroll.
  • The Lewis Carroll pseudonym comes from Lutwidge, or the Latin Ludovicus – which is anglicised as Lewis; and Carroll is Irish for the Latin name Carolus, from which comes the name Charles.
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published in 1865 and the sequel “Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There” was published in 1871.
  • Dodgson invented The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case in 1889 to promote letter writing.
  • He created a game, which was very similar to an early version of Scrabble.
  • Dodgson developed new ideas in linear algebra probability, and the study of elections. Some of his work in mathematics was printed after his death.
  • He wrote and received as many as 98,721 letters during his life.
  • He had chronic health problems, including a weak chest probably from having whooping cough at age 17.
  • Dodgson died of pneumonia following a bout of influenza on January 14, 1898.
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