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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll writes story for young girl - 1862
On November 26, 1862, Oxford mathematician Charles
Lutwidge Dodgson sends a handwritten manuscript called Alice's Adventures
Under Ground to 10-year-old Alice Liddell. The 30-year-old Dodgson, better
known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, made up the story one day on a picnic with
young Alice and her two sisters, the children of one of Dodgson's colleagues.
Dodgson, had been brilliant at both mathematics and wordplay since childhood,
when he enjoyed making up games. However, he suffered from a severe stammer,
except when he spoke with children. He had many young friends who enjoyed his
fantastic stories: The Liddell children thought his tale of a girl who falls
down a rabbit hole was one of his best efforts, and Alice insisted he write it
down. During a visit to the Liddells, English novelist Henry Kingsley happened
to notice the manuscript. After reading it, he suggested to Mrs. Liddell that
it be published. Dodgson published the book at his own expense, under the name
Lewis Carroll, in 1865. The story is one of the earliest children's books
written simply to amuse children, not to teach them. The book's sequel, Through
the Looking Glass, was published in 1871. Dodgson's other works, including
a poetry collection called Phantasmagoria and Other Poems, and another
children's book, Sylvia and Bruno, did not gain the same enduring
popularity as the Alice books. Dodgson died in 1898.
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