Thursday, April 14, 2016

L = LEWIS Carroll, Author, A-Z Blog Challenge 2016

Have you ever. . .

Looked through the Looking Glass at the world on the other side?
Dropped down a rabbit hole following a muttering white rabbit with a watch?

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), c.1856

L = Lewis Carroll, Author
Theme = Authors, AtoZ

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Jan 27, 1832 - Jan 14, 1898, was better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll. He was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer. His most well-known stories are: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass, and other literary nonsense.

Dodgson was a home educated precocious intellect; at seven years, he was reading The Pilgrim's Progress. He kept diaries, a total of 13, between 1853 - 1863. Some pages are missing (4 volumes and 7 pages of text) but no one's saying who the culprit is. This missing period would have been when Dodgson was 21-31 years old and suffering great mental and spiritual anguish, but he also composed his love poetry. There was speculation as to whether the poems may have been autobiographical. . .

Photography was another productive field for Charles Dodgson and he excelled in portraits. One of his favourite subjects was a young girl-one of three sisters-known as Alice Liddell. It was assumed that she was the inspiration for the 'Alice' in his Alice in Wonderland, which was published in 1865. Through the Looking Glass was published in 1871. 

Many questioned the preference Dodgson showed for the young girls, yet there has never been a hint of anything untoward occurring. In Victorian days, young girls were considered the epitome of innocence, and that may have been what Dodgson was trying to capture. Dodgson also authored approximately a dozen books on mathematics (geometry, algebra, logic and etc.). 

Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, died of pneumonia following influenza on January 14, 1898, at his sisters' home. He was two weeks from turning 66 years old.


Did you know that Lewis Carroll was a pen name for Charles Dodgson? Have you read either of the books mentioned in the post? 

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A to Z Challenge - 2016

It's April again and time for the 2016 Blogging from A to Z challenge  This is my 4th year participating in the challenge! (Previous A to Z  posts at the top of my blog page tabs are: Art A-Z, French Faves, Paris, Etc. 

Thanks to originator Lee (Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out), and the co-hosts and co-host teams who make the challenge run smoothly. See the list of participants, and other important information at the A to Z Blog site.  The basic idea is to blog every day in April except Sundays (26 days). On April 1st, you begin with the letter A, April 2 is the letter B, and so on. Posts can be random or use a theme.

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References Wiki on Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). c.1856
This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 100 years or less.