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Lewis Carroll

tinted monochrome 3/4-length photo portrait of seated Dodgson holding a book
Carroll in 1855

Born

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson27 January 1832 Daresbury, Cheshire, England

Died

14 January 1898 Guildford, Surrey, England

Occupation

Author, illustrator, poet, mathematician, photographer, teacher

Nationality

British

Education

Rugby School , University of Oxford

Genre

Children's literature, fantasy literature, mathematical logic, poetry, literary nonsense, linear algebra, voting theory

Notable works

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,Through the Looking-Glass,The Hunting of the Snark, " Jabberwocky ", Curiosa Mathematica, Part I: A New Theory of Parallels, Curiosa Mathematica, Part II: Pillow Problems, "The Principles of Parliamentary Representation"

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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson , better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of world-famous children's fiction, notably Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. He was noted for his facility at word play, logic and fantasy. The poems Jabberwocky and The Hunting of the Snark are classified in the genre of literary nonsense. He was also a mathematician, photographer, and Anglican deacon.

Carroll came from a family of high church Anglicans, and developed a long relationship with Christ Church, Oxford, where he lived for most of his life as a scholar and teacher. Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Henry Liddell, is widely identified as the original for Alice in Wonderland, though Carroll always denied this.

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Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it. - Lewis Carroll

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.

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morals
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. - Lewis Carroll

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

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impossible imagination
There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know. - Lewis Carroll

There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents, and only one for birthday presents, you know.

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birthday
She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it). - Lewis Carroll

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).

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good
Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle. - Lewis Carroll

Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.

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great
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards. - Lewis Carroll

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

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intelligence
While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit. - Lewis Carroll

While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.

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learning
One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others. - Lewis Carroll

One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

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life
There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration. - Lewis Carroll

There comes a pause, for human strength will not endure to dance without cessation and everyone must reach the point at length of absolute prostration.

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strength
'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things: of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings.' - Lewis Carroll

'The time has come,' the walrus said, 'to talk of many things: of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings.'

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time
Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards. - Lewis Carroll

Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.

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truth
It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards," the Queen remarked.

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poor memory