Lewis Carroll



Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles L. Dodgson, author of the children's classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass." Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England, Charles Dodgson wrote and created games as a child. At age 20 he received a studentship at Christ Church and was appointed a lecturer in mathematics. Dodgson was shy but enjoyed creating stories for children. His books including "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" were published under the pen name Lewis Carroll. Dodgson died in 1898. Early Life, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, best known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, was born in the village of Daresbury, England, on January 27, 1832. The eldest boy in a family of 11 children, Carroll was rather adept at entertaining himself and his siblings. His father, a clergyman, raised them in the rectory. As a boy, Carroll excelled in mathematics and won many academic prizes. At age 20, he was awarded a studentship . By the time of his death, Alice had become the most popular children's book in England, and by 1932 it was one of the most popular in the world. Photography and Legacy, besides writing, Carroll created a number of fine photographs. His notable portraits include those of the actress Ellen Terry and the poet Alfred Tennyson. He also photographed children in every possible costume and situation, eventually making nude studies of them. Despite conjecture, little real evidence of child abuse can be brought against him. Shortly before his 66th birthday, Lewis Carroll caught a severe case of influenza, which led to pneumonia. He died on January 14, 1898, leaving an enigma behind him.

  • Active years
  • 66
  • Primary profession
  • Writer·soundtrack·miscellaneous
  • Country
  • United Kingdom
  • Nationality
  • British
  • Gender
  • Male
  • Birth date
  • 27 January 1832
  • Place of birth
  • Daresbury
  • Death date
  • 1898-01-14
  • Death age
  • 66
  • Place of death
  • Guildford
  • Cause of death
  • Natural causes
  • Education
  • Rugby School·Christ Church· Oxford
  • Knows language
  • English language
  • Parents
  • Charles Dodgson
  • Influence
  • Jonathan Swift·George MacDonald·Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz·Edward Lear·





Dodgson was a mathematics lecturer and author of mathematics books at Oxford University (1855-81) who is better known by the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

Appears on sleeve of The Beatles "Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club" album.

Created "Alices Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" as a diversion for Alice Liddell , the second daughter of Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church.

Was by nature shy and withdrawn.

His novel Alice in Wonderland is an influence on author Neil Gaiman , e.g. in Gaimans novel The Ocean at the End of the Lane, he likens a crescent moon to a grin, like the Cheshire Cat.

Wrote the riddle "Why is a raven like a writing desk?" from "Alice in Wonderland" as nonsense - it has no answer. This has not stopped people, despite being repeatedly told that there is not, nor should there be, any answer, from trying to contrive one. Among the suggestions are, "Because Edgar Allan Poe wrote on both" and "Because the notes for which they are noted are not noted for being musical notes" (the second of which is very similar to a solution that Carroll himself wearily suggested when he grew tired of people asking him about it).

Its thought Alice in Wonderland sold so well at the time it was written was because when reality was too grim to deal with, people could escape into fantasy like this.


Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood: and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago: and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.

Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way.

It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

have i gone mad?im afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usualy are.

Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing--turn your toes out when you walk---And remember who you are!,Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!,Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

One! two! and through and throughThe vorpal blade went snickersnack!He left it dead, and with its headHe went galumphing back.

Must a name mean something?" Alice asked doubtfully. Of course it must," Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh; "my name means the shape I am - and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.

Where should I go?" -Alice. "That depends on where you want to end up. " - The Cheshire Cat.

Cat: Where are you going?Alice: Which way should I go?Cat: That depends on where you are going. Alice: I don’t know. Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.

She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it), and sometimes she scolded herself so severely as to bring tears into her eyes;,Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.

In most gardens they make the beds too soft – so that the flowers are always asleep.

All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.

You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants some magical solution to their problem and everyone refuses to believe in magic.

Now, what am I to do with this creature when I get it home?" when it grunted again, so violently, that she looked down into its face in some alarm. This time there could be no mistake about it: it was neither more nor less than a pig, and she felt that it would be quite absurd for her to carry it any further. | So she set the little creature down, and felt quite relieved to see it trot away quietly into the wood. "If it had grown up," she said to herself, "it would have made a dreadfully ugly child: but it makes a rather handsome pig, I think. " And she began thinking over other children she knew, who might do very well as pigs, and was just saying to herself, "if one only knew the right way to change them--" when she was a little startled by seeing the Cheshire Cat sitting on a bough of a tree a few yards off.

What matter it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied. "There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.

When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.

She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it), and sometimes she scolded herself so severely as to bring tears into her eyes; and once she remembered trying to box her own ears for having cheated herself in a came of croquet she was playing against herself, for this curious child was very fond of pretending to be two people.

No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.

When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less. ’’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things. ’’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.

She who saves a single soul, saves the universe.

Surely your gladness need not be the less for the thought that you will one day see a brighter dawn than this.

It is the one of the great secrets of life that those things are most worth doing,we do for others.

Perhaps the hardest thing in all literature— at least I have found it so: by no voluntary effort can I accomplish it: I have to take it as it comes— is to write anything original. And perhaps the easiest is, when once an original line has been struck out, to follow it up, and to write any amount more to the same tune.

To be sure, this is what generally happens when one eats cake; but Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way.

In most gardens", the Tiger-lily said, "they make the beds too soft-so that the flowers are always asleep.

Always speak the truth - think before you speak - and write it down afterwards.

Little Alice fell d o w nthe hOle, bumped her head and bruised her soul,Of course it is,’ said the Duchess, who seemed ready to agree to everythingthat Alice said; ‘there’s a large mustard-mine near here. And the moralof that is– “The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours.

The rule is jam tomorrow and jam yesterday - but never jam today.

Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee Agreed to have a battle For Tweedle Dum said Tweedle Dee Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

You and your husband have, I think, been very fortunate to know so little, by experience, in your own case or in that of your friends, of the wicked recklessness with which people repeat things to the disadvantage of others, without a thought as to whether they have grounds for asserting what they say. I have met with a good deal of utter misrepresentation of that kind. And another result of my experience is the conviction that the opinion of "people" in general is absolutely worthless as a test of right and wrong. The only two tests I now apply to such a question as the having some particular girl-friend as a guest are, first, my own conscience, to settle whether I feel it to be entirely innocent and right, in the sight of God; secondly, the parents of my friend, to settle whether I have their full approval for what I do. You need not be shocked at my being spoken against. Anybody, who is spoken about at all, is sure to be spoken against by somebody: and any action, however innocent in itself, is liable, and not at all unlikely, to be blamed by somebody. If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much,There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation; and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.

While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.

Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.