In celebration of a literary icon, we are sharing some interesting and fun facts about one of our favorite authors, Lewis Carroll.
- Charles Dodgson published his book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, under the infamous pen name Lewis Carroll.
- Carroll, like many other great literary minds, suffered from multiple conditions, including chronic migraines, epilepsy, stammering, partial deafness, and ADHD.
- Did you know Carroll was an inventor? He created a writing tablet called the “nyctograph,” which eliminated the need to get out of bed and strike a light when someone woke with an idea.
- After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Christ Church, Carroll’s father’s alma mater, he remained there studying and teaching as the Mathematics Lecturer.
- Carroll devised a game. In his brain-teaser, one word is changed into another by altering on letter at a time, each successive change results in a genuine word.
- In the last poem of the book A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky, the first letter of each line reads Alice’s full name, Alice Pleasance Liddell.
- The Dodo in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a caricature of the author. Carroll chose this particular animal to represent himself, because of his stammer.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been translated into more than 70 languages. It is a very popular book!
- Carroll was an amateur photographer, but had stopped taking photographs because his studio work was too time consuming.
- Henry Liddell, the dean of Christ Church, and his family played an influential role in Carroll’s writing career. On a boat trip with the Liddell family, Carroll passed the time by telling the children, specifically Alice Liddell, a nonsense tale that became the handwritten manuscript, Alice’s Adventures Underground.