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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is best known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. He was an English writer, born in the small village of Daresbury England, on January 27th, 1832. He was born into a family of 11 children, and he is the eldest. From a very young age, Lewis Carroll was rather adept at entertaining himself and his siblings but later on started entertaining strangers. His father was a rector and also a clergyman. His best subject was mathematics. He won numerous academy prizes and excelled in other subjects. At age 20, he was awarded a scholarship and went on to study at Christ College, England. Lewis Caroll suffered from stuttering, which most of his siblings suffered, and it greatly inhibited his social life.
Career and Education
Lewis Carol lectured in many schools as a mathematics lecturer. He was also an avid photographer and wrote political pamphlets, essays, and poetry. One of the most magnificent books he wrote is “The Hunting of the Snark.” The book displays his excellent ability in the genre of literary nonsense. Other masterpiece books he wrote are Alice adventure in Wonderland, Sylvie, and Bruno, amongst others. In his early years, he was educated at home, and there is ample reading list up to this day that testifies his precocious intellect. He began reading very advanced books such as The Pilgrim Progress at just seven years old. He attended Richmond Grammar school at the age of 12 (Now named Richmond School in Yorkshire).
Although he was a stammerer, he was vocally fluent when communicating with children who baffled him. His relationship with children also inspired most of his books and greatly influenced him. Lewis Carroll loved to entertain little Children, and his book The Child of Henry George Liddell inspired Alice Adventure in Wonderland.
Apart from writing books, novels, and poems, Lewis Carroll created several beautiful photographs. He had a lot of portraits; however, his most notable portraits include those of the actress Ellen Terry and the renowned poet Alfred Tennyson. Whenever he got the opportunity, he also photographed children in every possible costume and situation.
Lewis Carroll wrote over 40 books but is best remembered for his novel Alice’s adventure in Wonderland.
Lewis Caroll fell in love with his first cousin Jane Lutwidge and got married to her in 1830. A few months before Lewis Carol 66th birthday, he caught severe influenza, which led to acute pneumonia. He died on January 14, 1898, in his sibling’s home. He was buried at Mount Cemetery Guildford, England.
Lewis Caroll falls into the category of great writers in English literature. He wrote on a wide range of subjects ranging from fairy tales, fantasy, and science fiction, and children novel writers in the history of the world. As a child, he created games to entertain his family members and was outstanding in subjects such as mathematics.