10 Fascinating Facts About Lewis Carroll
Search more than 3, biographies of contemporary and classic poets. The son of a clergyman, Carroll was the third child born to a family of eleven children. From a very early age he entertained himself and his family by performing magic tricks and marionette shows, and by writing poetry for his homemade newspapers. He was successful in his study of mathematics and writing, and remained at the college after graduation to teach. While teaching, Carroll was ordained as a deacon; however, he never preached. He also began to pursue photography, often choosing children as the subject of his portraits.
Like a lot of writers, Dodgson was frustrated by losing the excellent ideas that inconveniently come in the middle of the night, so in he invented the nyctograph. The device is a card with 16 square holes two rows of eight that offers a guide for the user to enter a shorthand code of dots and dashes. Dodgson also considered it useful for the blind. Dodgson had a rough childhood. A childhood fever also left him deaf in one ear, and a bout of whooping cough at 17 weakened his chest for the rest of his life. Late in life, he developed debilitating, aura-hallucinating migraines and what doctors at the time diagnosed as epilepsy. Dodgson delivered the original story concept for Alice in Wonderland while on one of his boating trips with the Liddells—the children of his boss, Henry Liddell, the dean of Christ Church, Oxford—and he marked the July 4, , event in the book itself as the Caucus Race.
He was noted for his facility at word play , logic, and fantasy. The poems Jabberwocky and The Hunting of the Snark are classified in the genre of literary nonsense. He was also a mathematician , photographer , and Anglican deacon. Carroll came from a family of high-church Anglicans , and developed a long relationship with Christ Church, Oxford , where he lived for most of his life as a scholar and teacher. Alice Liddell , daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Henry Liddell , is widely identified as the original for Alice in Wonderland , though Carroll always denied this. Dodgson's family was predominantly northern English with Irish connections , conservative and high-church Anglican.
His poem The Hunting of the Snark is nonsense literature of the highest order. Lewis Carroll was an English novelist and poet. He was the eldest son and third child of the Rev. Charles Dodgson and Frances Jane Lutwidge. He and his 10 siblings grew up in isolated villages in the English countryside. He excelled in the study of classics and mathematics.