On this day in 1832, the Victorian author whose famous pen name is Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. He was not only a writer, but also an accomplished mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, photographer, and artist.
He is best known as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, ‘The Hunting of the Snark,’ and ‘Jabberwocky.’ He attended Christ Church at Oxford, and stayed on to teach until his death, continuing to write and publish not only fictional works but scholarly works in mathematics and logic.
The following excerpt is from Poets.org:
“Many of Lewis Carroll’s philosophies were based on games. His interest in logic came purely from the playful nature of its principle rather than its uses as a tool. He primarily wrote comic fantasies and humorous verse that was often very childlike. Carroll published his novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, followed by Through the Looking Glass in 1872. Alice’s story began as a piece of extemporaneous whimsy meant to entertain three little girls on a boating trip in 1862. Both of these works were considered children’s novels that were satirical in nature and in exemplification of Carroll’s wit. Also famous is Carroll’s poem ‘Jabberwocky,’ in which he created nonsensical words from word combinations. “