Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll
  • Full name: Lewis Carroll
  • Date of birth: 27 January 1832

In fact, the famous writer Lewis Carroll was an English mathematician, logician, philosopher, Anglican deacon and photographer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
He was born on January 27, 1832, in a house of a highly conservative cleric of the Church of England. Growing up with his seven brothers and four sisters, he showed them tricks, performed puppet shows and wrote poems that he published himself in the self-made family newspaper. As many other strange people, Lewis-Charles was left-handed. 

When he grew up, he graduated from the most prestigious Oxford college Christ Church, where he later was a lecturer until his death. Because of his unusual appearance, Doctor Dodgson became an Oxford curiosity: his facial asymmetry, bad hearing, and strong stuttering attracted attention. Meanwhile, these problems did not prevent him from working. He would wake up during the day and would immediately go to the table. In order to avoid distractions he would eat almost nothing during the day, except for maybe a glass of sherry with some cookies.

In 66 years of his life his only (as far as it is known) trip abroad was to Russia. In the framework of a cultural exchange between Orthodox and Anglican churches, he visited Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. He described this trip in his "Russian Journal", which was first commercially published in 1935. On his way to Russia and back he also saw different cities in Belgium, Germany, the partitioned Poland, and France.

He died on 14 January, 1898 at his sisters' home, "The Chestnuts" in Guildford, from influenza followed by pneumonia. He was two weeks from turning 66 years old. Almost immediately after his death, the biggest part of his manuscript patrimony was burned by his brothers, who just did not know what to do with all this enormous bundles of paper.
Even if Carroll is famous first of all as the author of Alice’s adventures, he also wrote many other works, including ‘an agony in 8 fits’ “Hunting of the Snark”, the poem “Phantasmagoria”, the novel “Sylvia and Bruno” and many scientific books about logic and mathematics.