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Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Carroll, Lewis

Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832, in Daresbury, Cheshire. Carroll was the third child born to a family of eleven children. From an early age he entertained himself and his family by performing magic tricks and by writing poetry for his homemade newspapers. Charles Lutwidge was a great writer, a famous photographer, mathematician, and illustrator.

Carroll entered Rugby School, in 1846; twelve years later he graduated with honors in mathematics from Christ Church College, Oxford. He excelled in the study of mathematics and writing. After he graduated, he remained at the college to teach. His mathematical writings include An Elementary Treatise on Determinants, Euclid and His Modern Rivals, and Curiosa Mathematica.

Additionally, Carroll began to pursue photography; he often selected children as the subject of his portraits. One of his favorite models was a young girl named Alice Liddell, who later became the basis for Carroll's fictional character, Alice. He abandoned photography in early 1880s and focused on his writing.

In 1865, Carroll published Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Seven years later, he published Through the Looking Glass. Lewis Carroll died in Guildford, Surrey, on January 14, 1898.

Famous quotations by Lewis Carroll:

  • Everything has got a moral if you can only find it.

  • It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward.

  • Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

  • Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

  • Courtesy while you're thinking what to say. It saves time.

  • Curiouser and curiouser!

  • Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.

  • I have had prayers answered - most strangely so sometimes - but I think our heavenly Father's loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.

  • It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

  • Sentence first, verdict afterwards.

  • Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

  • "What is the use of a book", thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations"?

  • Suggested sites for Lewis Carroll:

    Encyclopedia article about Lewis Carroll
    Texts by Carroll
    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
    The beloved children's story of Alice, who falls asleep and has a most peculiar dream of falling down a hole into a world she has never seen -- complete with the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and Queen of Hearts.
    The Hunting of the Snark
    A poem about the strange voyage of Bellman and his crew's attempt to track down a Snark.
    Sylvie and Bruno
    The bizarre adventures of two children.
    Through the Looking Glass
    Sequel to "Alice in Wonderland," in which Alice must play a game of chess on a giant chessboard in a backwards universe.

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