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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of world-famous children’s fiction, notably Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. He was noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy.
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Key Facts & Information
- Lewis Carroll was born in Cheshire, England on January 27th, 1832.
- His actual birth name was “Charles Lutwidge Dodgson”, and he was one of many Charles’s in his family.
- He had ten siblings – seven girls and three boys, the latter of which he was the eldest.
- As he grew up in an isolated village, Dodgson and his family didn’t have many friends or acquaintances outside the family unit.
- He was homeschooled in his early youth, but then switched to public school and then Rugby School, neither of which he liked.
- He became deaf in one ear during his childhood, and had a stammer.
- What he did like, however, was inventing stories and games as a child.
EARLY WRITING CAREER & ALICE
- He had an aptitude in mathematics and went into residence at Christ Church at the University of Oxford. Two days later he was summoned home due to the death of his mother.
- A few years later, in 1856, Dodgson published his first piece of work under the pen name “Lewis Carroll” – it was a poem called “Solitude”.
- On July 4th, 1862, after a picnic with the Liddell children, Dodgson wrote down the story of Alice’s adventures, adding extra details and drawings, before giving the final product to Alice.
- Through a chain of events involving friends, publishers, and other authors, Dodgson revised the story for publication, and was published as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865.
- Through the Looking Glass, a sequel to the first book, was published in December 1871 and reflected the dark mood that resulted from the death of Dodgson’s father in 1868 and the depression that lasted for several years following.
WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER
- In 1876, The Hunting of the Snark, a “nonsense” poem, was published.
- Dodgson was fairly quiet on the writing front for many years following the poem in 1876. During that time he focused on his photography.
- Dodgson’s notable portraits of Ellen Terry, Alfred Tennyson, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his inspiration, Alice Liddell, were widely popular in the mid-1800s.
- He focused his photography on children; mostly young girls.
- It is estimated that nearly 60% of Dodgson’s portfolio went missing.
- Some other subjects of Dodgson’s photography included men, women, and boys, as well as landscapes, dolls, dogs, skeletons, and statues.
- His success in photography granted him access to elite social groups, and exposed him to many important and influential artists of the time.
- By 1880, he abruptly quit photography, in part due to peoples’ changing tastes in art and photos, and also partly because he felt that it was taking up too much of his time.
MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE
- Dodgson had always been a natural mathematician, specializing in geometry, algebra, and logic.
- He produced several books on mathematics under his real name, and developed many exciting ideas in the math world as Mathematical Lecturer at Christ Church (which also earned him money).
- Dodgson was an advocate of letter writing (writing over 97,000 letters in his time).
- His love of letter-writing prompted him to invent “The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case” in 1889, originally made to organize stamps.
- Dodgson also invented a handy writing tablet called the nyctograph, which allowed people to write notes in the dark.
- In addition to these small inventions, he also invented a prototype of the popular game “Scrabble”, as well as the “doublet”, a steering device for what is now known as a tricycle, as well as many lesser-known scientific and mathematical objects and devices designed to help people in one way or another.
LATER YEARS AND LEGACY
- In his later years, Dodgson’s fame and wealth continued to grow due to his many successes.
- His last novels, Sylvie and Bruno, published in 1889, and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded, in 1893, were considered literary failures, but did not tarnish Dodgson’s reputation.
- On January 14th, 1898, Dodgson died of pneumonia following Influenza. It was two weeks before his 66th birthday.
- There are many places in different parts of the world that celebrate and enjoy the works of Dodgson.
- For example, Copenhagen Street in Islington (England) is where the Lewis Carroll Children’s Library is located.
- He was posthumously given a memorial stone in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey by his great-nephew in 1982.
Lewis Carroll Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Lewis Carroll across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Lewis Carroll worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, who was an English writer of world-famous children’s fiction, notably Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. He was noted for his facility at word play, logic, and fantasy.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Curious Characters
- The Making of “Alice”
- Lewis Carroll Crossword
- Opinion Piece
- Chapter Unscramble
- Lewis Carroll Wordsearch
- Poem Illustration
- Letter to Lewis Carroll
- Alice in Wonderland Syndrome
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