Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson near Daresbury, Cheshire, England in1832. He is best known as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass (1872).
Carroll was a gifted mathematician and photographer. He intended originally, to become a minister, but he suffered an attack of whooping cough at age 17, a late age to get that illness, and as a result he developed a stammer.
After recovering from his illness, Carroll decided that life as a minister would be too demanding. So he took up a job teaching mathematics at Christ’s College, Oxford, where he had also attended university. Carroll found the work dull and considered most of his students stupid and he wrote seriously during this time.
In 1855, he said, “I do not think I have yet written anything worthy of real publication, but I do not despair of doing so some day.” The next year he published under the famous pseudonym “Lewis Carroll” for the first time, when his poem “Solitude” appeared in a magazine called Train. The pseudonym is a play on Carroll’s real name.
Carroll always felt at ease around children. It has been rumored that his stammer would disappear while he talked with children. He was a storyteller, and he liked telling his stories to children.
He first came up with the idea for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by telling stories to the children of the dean of Christ’s College, who had a daughter named Alice.
Carroll enjoyed massive success from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and his pseudonym grew into an alter ego that became famous in its own right. Even today, more people know the legends surrounding Lewis Carroll better than they know the biography of the real man, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
The stories of Alice and her adventures in the strange wonderland have remained popular to this day. Many readers speculate on the underlying meaning of the tales, but Carroll himself said he only intended the tales as carefree fantasy and nothing more.