Lewis Carroll

British author and scholar (1832–1898)

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Daresbury, Cheshire, 27 January 1832 – Guildford, Surrey, 14 January 1898).[1] Dodgson was an Oxford don, a logician (mathematics expert), a writer, a poet, an Anglican clergyman, and a photographer. He is most famous for his story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland which he told to a young friend, Alice Liddell, when he took the girl and two sisters on a boat trip. Alice enjoyed the story and asked Dodgson to write it down. Carroll then wrote a second story about Alice called Through the Looking-Glass. Both stories are still popular all over the world.

Lewis Carroll in 1856, self-portrait

Dodgson was a Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford, specialising in logic and mathematics. He wrote a number of books and pamphlets on the subject.[2] He died of pneumonia in Guildford, Surrey.

Posthumous portrait by Herkhomer

Further reading

  • Bowman, Isa 1899. The Story of Lewis Carroll, told by the real Alice in Wonderland. Dent, London
  • Cohen, Morton N. 1995. Lewis Carroll: a biography. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-62926-4
  • Clark, Ann 1979. Lewis Carroll: a biography. London: J.M. Dent) ISBN 0-460-04302-1
  • Collingwood, Stuart Dodgson 1898. The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll. London: T. Fisher Unwin
  • De La Mare, Walter 1932. Lewis Carroll. Faber & Faber, London.
  • Dodgson, Charles L. The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll, v.1 The Oxford Pamphlets (1993) ISBN 0-8139-1250-4; v.2 The Mathematical Pamphlets (1994) ISBN 0-9303-26-09-1; v.3 The Political Pamphlets (2001) ISBN 0-930326-14-8; v.4 The Logic Pamphlets (2010) ISBN 978-0-930326-25-8
  • Lennon, Florence Becker 1947. Lewis Carroll: a biography. Cassell, London.
  • Williams et al 1979. The Lewis Carroll handbook. Dawson, Kent. List of literature by and about Dodgson.


  1. The Literature Network
  2. Wakeling, Edward; Lewis Carroll (1992). Edward Wakeling (ed.). Lewis Carroll's games and puzzles. Courier Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0-486-26922-1.