Charles Lutwidge Dodgson

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was a man of diverse interests — in mathematics, logic, photography, art, theater, religion, science, and of course literature. Carroll’s works could be considered both gifted, and insane, by todays standards. His genius mind and twisted, nonsense way of writing allows us to travel deep into the dark unknown, influencing writing greatly.

On January twenty seventh, 1832, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born (Lewis Carroll). He lived in Daresbury, Cheshire for eleven years with his seven sisters and three brothers before his father, and Anglican clergyman, moved the Dodgson family to a rectory in Richmond Shire, North Yorkshire (Lewis Carroll). Dodgson had a strong interest in literature from the moment he first learned to read. Dodgson was born with a severe stutter, which he called his “hesitation” (“Complete Works” 44). This stutter made association with adults difficult, so he tended to befriend younger children instead (Carroll, Lewis). Dodgson created his own language of nonsense versus, and was quoted to say “A perfectly balanced mind could understand it” (Belle Moses 298). When Dodgson wasn’t creating his new language, he could be found writing poetry for his family newspaper, Mismatch (Lewis Carroll), having long, serious talks with insects and other animals he found in his back yard (Moses 274) or entertaining his family with marionette and magic shows (Lewis Carroll).

Dodgson was home schooled until the age of twelve (Woolf). Both of Dodgsons parents were involved with the home schooling of all of the Dodgson children (Woolf). On August first, 1844, Dodgson was sent to a boarding school 10 miles from his house, called Richmond School, Yorkshire (Woolf). Richmond headmaster, James Tate II, and Dodgson grew close during his time at Richmond, and it’s said that they kept in touch for many years afterwards (Woolf). Mr. Tate once told Dodgsons parents that he thought Dodgson...
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