Lewis Carroll: The Man Behind Alice in Wonderland
January 27 is the day we celebrate the birthday of the man who wrote the classic story entitled Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll. How well do you know this great author? For a person who wrote a literary masterpiece, did he live an eventful life? What inspired him to write Alice’s amazing adventure?
Who is Lewis Carroll?
Aside from being the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll is also a man of character. Thanks to his best-selling work, many people documented his life from as early as his birth. Before checking some random facts about the popular author though, here’s a basic profile to get you started:
Real Name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson
Birthplace: Daresbury, England
Father: Charles Dodgson
Mother: Frances Jane Lutwidge
Wife: Frances Jane Lutwidge
To commemorate his birth on this day, here are some of the interestingly random facts that we should know about Carroll:
- He suffered from epilepsy, stammering, chronic migraines, ADHD, and partial deafness.
- He wrote 12 works of fiction and 11 mathematics books. Carroll is a mathematician-turned-children’s book author.
- Carroll’s mother died in 1852. He was still in Oxford University at the time. His father, on the other hand, died in 1868.
- The story of Alice was told first to the Liddell sisters on July 4, 1862.
- Speculations about Carroll being in love with the much younger Alice Liddell still persist today.
- Carroll created Cheshire Cat after getting inspired by cheese molds. Specifically, these cheese molds are the ones popular in the dairy-rich area of Cheshire County, England.
- He can write a total of 12 pages in two hours and 30 minutes.
- He got into photography in 1856. To record, he took an estimate of 3,000 photos during his lifetime. He persisted in his love of photography for 24 years.
- His most controversial photo was that of Alice Liddell. The latter was dressed in a beggar-maid costume.
- Despite the popularity of his book, Carroll only traveled abroad once. His destination was Russia.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is already translated to 70 languages. As a matter of fact, it is now being distributed around the world.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland doesn’t have a moral lesson, which is contrary to most children’s book of Carroll’s time.
- The first book, Alice’s Adventures, has a sequel entitled Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.
- Sylvie and Bruno was Carroll’s last work of fiction. Unfortunately, it didn’t gain popularity with readers.
- He died at his sister’s home in Guildford. His cause of death is pneumonia.
Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll!
These are just a few of the intriguing things about Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll. He lived an interesting life, both as a person and as an author. Since today is the day of his birth, let’s pay tribute to this man who gave us a timeless literary masterpiece. Thus, bring out your copy of Alice in Wonderland. Find a quiet place to read the book at. Perhaps, the great literary author might grace you with his presence as you flip through the pages.