In celebration of a literary icon, we are sharing some interesting and fun facts about one of our favorite authors, Lewis Carroll.

  1. Charles Dodgson published his book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, under the infamous pen name Lewis Carroll.
  2. Carroll, like many other great literary minds, suffered from multiple conditions, including chronic migraines, epilepsy, stammering, partial deafness, and ADHD.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been translated into more than 70 languages. It is a very popular book!
  9. Carroll was an amateur photographer, but had stopped taking photographs because his studio work was too time consuming.
  10. 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.

 

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