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Lewis Carroll - Author

About the Author

Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832, the eldest son and third of eleven children born to Frances Jane Lutwidge and the Reverend Charles Dodgson. Carroll had a happy childhood. His mother was patient and gentle, and his father, despite his religious duties, tutored all his children and raised them to be good people. Carroll frequently made up games and wrote stories and poems, some of which were similar to his later published works, for his seven sisters and three brothers.

He was educated at Richmond School in Yorkshire, Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford. Although his years at Rugby School (1846–49) were unhappy, he was recognized as a good student, and in 1850 he was admitted to further study at Christ Church, Oxford.

He graduated in 1854, and in 1855 he became mathematical lecturer at the college, where he was a somewhat eccentric and withdrawn character. This permanent appointment, which not only recognized his academic skills but also paid him a decent sum, required Carroll to take holy orders in the Anglican Church and to remain unmarried. He agreed to these requirements and was made a deacon in 1861.

Carroll loved to entertain children, and it was Alice, the young daughter of Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, who can be credited with his pinnacle inspiration. Alice Liddell remembers spending many hours with Carroll, sitting on his couch while he told fantastic tales of dream worlds. During an afternoon picnic with Alice and her two sisters, Carroll told the first iteration of what would later become Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. When Alice arrived home, she exclaimed that he must write the story down for her.

He fulfilled the small girl's request, and through a series of coincidences, the story fell into the hands of the novelist Henry Kingsley, who urged Carroll to publish it. The book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was released in 1865. It gained steady popularity, and as a result, Carroll wrote the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, which contained the nonsense poem classic The Jabberwocky (1871). 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.

Unlike most of the children's books of the day, Alice and through the Looking Glass did not attempt to convey obvious moral lessons. Nor did they contain what critics have tried to insist are there—hidden meanings relating to religion or politics. They are delightful adventure stories in which a normal, healthy, clearheaded little girl reacts to the "reality" of the adult world. Their appeal to adults as well as to children lies in Alice's intelligent response to ridiculous language and action.

Carroll published several other nonsense works, including The Hunting of the Snark (1876), Sylvie and Bruno (1889), and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893). He also wrote a number of pamphlets poking fun at university affairs, which appeared under a fake name or without any name at all, and he composed several works on mathematics under his true name. In 1881 Carroll gave up his lecturing to devote all of his time to writing.

 Lewis Carroll died of bronchitis in his sister's home in Guildford on 14 July, 1898.

 

Featured books by Lewis Carroll

The Macmillan Alice Postcard Book

The Macmillan Alice Postcard Book

5+ readers 7+ readers

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Cards Release Date: 19/05/2016

The front of each card is printed in full colour, using the coloured versions of John Tenniel's iconic illustrations. The Macmillan Alice Postcard Book is a wonderful celebration of one of the best loved children's classics, from Lewis Carroll. A great gift to give or to keep for yourself!

Other books by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Macmillan, the original publisher of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is proud to present Costa Award and Kate Greenaway Medal-winner Chris Riddell's gorgeous new visual interpretation of Lewis Carroll's magical story. This beautiful full-colour gift edition comes 200 years after the birth of Alice's first illustrator, Sir John Tenniel. Both celebrated political cartoonists of their day, for Punch and the Observer respectively, Tenniel and Riddell have much in common. These exceptional artists created some of the most loved and iconic children's illustrations of the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries. This is a gorgeously produced hardback with foiled jacket, head and tail bands and a ribbon marker, and it is lavishly illustrated in full colour throughout by Chris Riddell. This is a beautiful gift for all the family to treasure and share. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was first published by Macmillan more than 150 years ago with Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations. Lewis Carroll's iconic story is now firmly established in the cultural fabric of countries throughout the world with curious, quick-witted Alice, its timeless heroine, at its heart. During her extraordinary adventures in Wonderland, she meets the the charming White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts, the mad Hatter and the grinning Cheshire-Cat. All of these unforgettable characters have become as famous as Alice herself and take their place alongside her in one of the most influential children's books of all time.

Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2020

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, and the mom raths outgrabe. Lewis Carroll's most iconic, seemingly nonsensical poem is brought to life like never before with award-winning illustrator Charles Santore's stunning renditions of a brave warrior who is on a mission to slay the dastardly Jabberwock. Included at the end will be a write up about Carroll's poem and the research behind the meaning and its interpretation through Santore's artwork. Get lost in this magical world full of beasts (both familiar and fantastical) with your children while reading and re-reading Jabberwocky year after year.

The Hunting Of The Snark

The Hunting Of The Snark

Author: Lewis Carroll, Mahendra Singh Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2020

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2020

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/08/2020

The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll Games, Puzzles, and Related Pieces

The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll Games, Puzzles, and Related Pieces

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2020

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Lewis Carroll, was not only the author of the beloved Alice tales but an inveterate and talented creator of puzzles and games in both the recreational mathematics and wordplay fields. Collected together for the first time in this book, his charming and humorous creations are no longer hidden in obscure Victorian magazines, rare antiquarian books, and sporadic, incomplete collections. This fully annotated volume features such delights as Carroll's word games Doublets (word ladders) and Syzygies (a more elaborate form of the word ladder), a board game called Lanrick, and other games and puzzles, including Circular Billiards, Castle Croquet, String Wrapped Round a Cube, Backgammon variations, Mirror Writing, Arithmetical Croquet, a Number Guessing Puzzle, and much more. The volume has been edited, annotated, and compiled by Christopher Morgan, who has added a section on modern-day puzzles inspired by Carroll, and features an introduction by Jeremiah Farrell. This is a fascinating and delightful collection for lovers of wordplay, puzzles, and the wit of Lewis Carroll. Distributed for the Lewis Carroll Society of North America.

The Wonderland Collection (Seasons Edition -- Summer)

The Wonderland Collection (Seasons Edition -- Summer)

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

A fine exclusive edition of one of literature's most beloved stories. Featuring a laser-cut jacket on a textured book with foil stamping, all titles in this series will be first editions. No more than 10,000 copies will be printed, and each will be individually numbered from 1 to 10,000. * Now including a collectable bookmark! So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close to her. Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland books have delighted readers across the globe for more than a hundred years. The Wonderland Collection presents three of Carroll's most famous works: Through the Looking Glass Alice in Wonderland A Tangled Tale The Wonderland Collection (Seasons Edition--Summer) is one of four titles available in June 2020. The summer season also will include Jane Eyre, Persuasion, and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Illustrate Your Own

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Illustrate Your Own

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2020

Ever wanted to illustrate a book? Now you can. 'What is the use of a book, ' thought Alice 'without pictures or conversations?' In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland a bored Alice follows a White Rabbit down a hole and into a bizarre world where nothing makes sense - especially not the people or animals who live there. Here, the original story is accompanied by empty frames waiting to be filled with your own art. Bring Alice, the White Rabbit and the Queen of Hearts to life in your unique version of this classic tale and capture the grin of the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts playing croquet with a flamingo and a tea party with the Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse.

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