Lewis Carroll Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1832 – 1898 *** Full Name: Lewis Carroll was also known as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson *** Date of Birth (Birthday): He was born on January 27, 1832 *** Place of Birth: Lewis Carroll was born in Daresbury, Cheshire, England *** Family background: His father was Reverend Charles Dodgson *** Early life and childhood: He grew up and spent the majority of his life in the village of Croft-on-Tees in North Yorkshire *** Education: Lewis Carroll began his education at home *** He died on January 14, 1898 ***
Lewis Carroll Fact 1: Lewis Carroll was born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. His birth name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Lewis Carroll was his pen name which he began using later in life.
Lewis Carroll Fact 2: He was an English mathematician, photographer and writer. Lewis Carroll is most famous for writing the popular children's books 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and its sequel 'Through the Looking Glass'.
Lewis Carroll Fact 3: Lewis Carroll was the eldest child of clergyman, Reverend Charles Dodgson and Frances Jane Lutwidge. He had ten brothers and sisters who he enjoyed spending time with and entertaining.
Lewis Carroll Fact 4: The Dodgson family moved to a rectory in the village of Croft-on-Tees in North Yorkshire when Lewis Carroll was eleven years old. The rectory became his home for the following 25 years.
Lewis Carroll Fact 5: He received an education at home, he was passionate about reading books and by the age of seven, Lewis Carroll was reading books such as The Pilgrim's Progress.
Lewis Carroll Fact 6: He was a shy and quiet child who suffered with a stammer his whole life. His stammer affected his social interaction with adults where as, in the company of children, some would say that it totally disappear.
Lewis Carroll Fact 7: Lewis Carroll attended Richmond Grammar School from the age of twelve. He moved to Rugby School in 1846. Although he achieved very well academically, and excelled in mathematics, he was very unhappy at Rugby school.
Lewis Carroll Fact 8: His mother died in 1850, just a few days after Lewis Carroll had joined Christ Church at Oxford College. He was a bright student who was able to achieve high grades very easily. He earned first-class honors in Mathematics in 1854. He was first on the list and graduated with Bachelor of Arts.
Lewis Carroll Fact 9: Despite later falling behind with his studies, Lewis Carroll still managed to achieve the Christ Church Mathematical Lectureship in 1855 which he maintained for 26 years.Lewis Carroll Fact 16: The worldwide success of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was incredible and changed Lewis Carroll's life forever. He started earning a lot of money and he received attention from fans all over the world.
Lewis Carroll Fact 10: He enjoyed writing and telling stories, especially to children. His first piece of literary work was published in 1856. It was a poem called Solitude and he published it under the pen name 'Lewis Carroll'.
Lewis Carroll Fact 11: Lewis Carroll was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's pen name. The pseudonym derived from his real name. Lewis derived from Ludovicus which was Latin for Lutwidge. Carroll was similar to the Latin name Carolus which derives from the name Charles. Charles Lutwidge in Latin is Carolus Ludovicus and when translated into English, it is Carroll Lewis.
Lewis Carroll Fact 12: The editor, Edmund Yates, picked the pen name 'Lewis Carroll' from a list provided by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. The other names on the list included Edgar U. C. Westhill, Edgar Cuthwellis, and Louis Carroll.
Lewis Carroll Fact 13: Lewis Carroll met the family of Henry Liddell in 1856. He was the head of Christ Church. Lewis Carroll formed a good relationship with Henry Liddell's wife and children. One of the children was named Alice Liddell. Although he later denied it, it is thought that Alice Liddell inspired the name of the lead character from the famous books 'Alice in Wonderland’.
Lewis Carroll Fact 14: One day, Lewis Carroll told the story of Alice's Adventures to Alice Liddell. She loved the story and begged him to write it down. In November 1864, he gave her a handwritten manuscript called 'Alice's Adventures Under Ground'.
Lewis Carroll Fact 15: In 1865, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was officially published under his pen name Lewis Carroll. A professional artist by the name of Sir John Tenniel provided the book's illustrations.
Lewis Carroll Fact 17: Lewis Carroll wrote a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, it was called ‘Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There’. The book was published in 1871.
Lewis Carroll Fact 18: He wrote 'The Hunting of the Snark' from 1874 to 1876. It was classed as a nonsense poem and it was published in March 1876. The illustrations for the book were provided by Henry Holiday.
Lewis Carroll Fact 19: As well as writing, he was also passionate about photography. He is notable for portraits of Alfred Tennyson and Ellen Terry, as well as many other fine photographs.
Lewis Carroll Fact 20: Lewis Carroll died on January 14, 1898 from pneumonia at the age of 65. He was at his sister's home in Guildford when he passed away. He is buried at Mount Cemetery in Guildford, England.
Influence and Legacy: Lewis Carroll was an English author who was most famous for writing the popular books for children called 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' and its sequel 'Through the Looking Glass' which achieved worldwide success.