Literature[ edit ] From a young age, Dodgson wrote poetry and short stories, contributing heavily to the family magazine Mischmasch and later sending them to various magazines, enjoying moderate success. Between andhis work appeared in the national publications The Comic Times and The Train, as well as smaller magazines such as the Whitby Gazette and the Oxford Critic. Most of this output was humorous, sometimes satirical, but his standards and ambitions were exacting.
Carroll was the first son of their eleven children. Carroll showed an early talent for mathematics, cultivated by his father, and comic verse. Growing up in a close-knit upper-middle-class family, living in a secluded village, and deeply influenced by a stern but doting father, Carroll found childhood a time of innocent exploration and wonder, a view that colored his later literary works.
Instructors at both schools helped him develop his mathematical and literary talents, but he disliked boarding away from his family. At Rugby the often harsh discipline administered by older students especially repelled him. For the rest of his life he disliked boys. At home on vacations, he helped his father teach in the local school, was a leader in games many of which he inventedand wrote poetry and stories for magazines that he issued to amuse family and friends.
These early poems were usually parodies of moralistic verse common in the early nineteenth century, and he explored several themes that appeared in his mature writing: Carroll was a brilliant student. Like his father, he won a first in mathematics, the highest scholastic distinction for an undergraduate, and was awarded a fellowship even before he earned his bachelor of arts degree in The fellowship provided him a yearly stipend and rooms at Christ Church for life.
He was appointed a lecturer in mathematics in and took vows as an Anglican deacon inbecoming the Reverend C. From then on he dressed in black clerical clothes almost exclusively. A stammer made him shy of public speaking, and his clean-shaven boyish features, thick dark hair, and retiring manner made him seem ethereal to some contemporaries.
In he published his first work under the name Lewis Carroll, an anagram of the latinized form of his first two names. These interests—literature, photography, and Alice—blended to produce the most creative period of his life during the next twenty years. He never married; in fact, the terms of his fellowship forbade it.
He devoted himself to tutoring, lecturing, and performing religious and administrative duties at the college, but such work could not use up his creative energy, and he also pursued social and cultural interests outside his academic work.
Carroll was fastidious and almost obsessive with details, and he loved gadgets. Photography was ideally suited to him. At the time he took it up init was a cumbersome art with bulky equipment.
The photographer had to smear a glass plate with a colloid and dip it into silver nitrate, insert the plate into the camera, expose it for as much as a minute, and then develop the plate in a darkroom. During the exposure the subject had to stay perfectly still.
Carroll soon mastered the techniques and tested his skill on architectural subjects and celebrities. Photography was a means for Carroll to enter intellectual society and make friends. He soon ingratiated himself with parents by photographing their children.
Although he occasionally photographed boys, he preferred girls. He believed that girls of about ten to fourteen years of age epitomized innocent beauty.
Carroll told the girls stories or posed riddles of his own invention to put them at ease, dressed them in romantic costumes, and carefully posed them. The entire section is 1, words.Examine the life, times, and work of Lewis Carroll through detailed author biographies on eNotes.
Lewis Carroll Homework Help Questions. the theme of this poemi want to know how Lewis Carol had brought out the theme of this poem" You The theme comes from humor, and satire. Nov 15, · Carroll's best-known works, all produced under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, were his fantasy novels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Literary Criticism. Ben-Zvi, Pinhas. "Lewis Carroll and the Search for Non-Being." Carroll was fascinated by the question of whether non-being, like being, exists, the author of this paper contends.
Lewis Carroll Biography a view that colored his later literary works. In Carroll. Jun 14, · His gravestone calls him Dodgson and puts Lewis Carroll in parenthesis.
The first biography, by his nephew, does the reverse. When Alice Hargreaves died, headlines in The Times of London called her both Mrs. Hargreaves and Alice in . Literary Criticism. Ben-Zvi, Pinhas. "Lewis Carroll and the Search for Non-Being." Carroll was fascinated by the question of whether non-being, like being, exists, the author of this paper contends.
Published in , just months after the death of Charles Dodgson (), the Oxford don better known by his pseudonym of Lewis Carroll, this biography investigates the imaginative genius of the writer, mathematician and initiativeblog.coms: 4.
The Story of Lewis Carroll: Told for Young People by the Real Alice in Wonderland, Miss Isa Bowman. London: J.M. Dent & Co. Dodgson, Charles L., . Nov 15, · Carroll's best-known works, all produced under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll, were his fantasy novels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.