The Mystery of Lewis Carroll: Discovering the Whimsical, Thoughtful, and Sometimes Lonely Man Who Created "Alice in Wonderland" by Jenny WoolfThis is not so much a biography of Carroll as it is a carefully researched rejection of much of the biographical lore that surrounds the man. By revealing just how little we can know about Carroll due to the lack of records or the distorted collection of materials left by his heirs, Woolf reveals not a child-man obsessed with little girls, but rather a grown up who struggled with his faith, his role as provider for his family, and the Victorian norms that surrounded his interactions with the opposite sex. Woolf makes an interesting argument, drawn on the works of others and the original Carroll/Dodgson banks records she unearthed, that his innocuous relationships with children were a way for Carroll to enter families and gain friends. These relationships were promoted by his family after his death in order to conceal his relationships with women. Some of the girls cited in previous biographies as the unfortunate receivers of his attention were actually in their twenties!
Throughout the work Woolf emphasizes a very important point, and one that tends to be forgotten by those of us looking backwards: historical people must be considered within their historical context. You cannot understand Carroll by foisting onto him Freud or our own norms when he was interacting and living in a completely different and equally complex society. Take a page from Matthew Sweet and look more critically on the early modern biographers of Carroll and ask yourself what their hangs up might be before exploring his.
An excellent addition to work on Carroll and Victorian biography in general.
Lewis Carroll's 184th birth anniversary: Interesting facts about the writer
Jump to navigation. Famously known as Lewis Carroll, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. Charles wrote under the the pen name 'Lewis Carroll' and his most famous work, as a writer includes 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. On his th birth anniversary, here are some interesting facts about Charles Lutwidge Dodgson:. Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs?
Lewis Carroll was an English fiction writer who wrote and created games as a child. At age 20, he received a studentship at Christ Church and was appointed a lecturer in mathematics. Carroll was shy but enjoyed creating stories for children. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, best known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, was born in the village of Daresbury, England, on January 27, The eldest boy in a family of 11 children, Carroll was rather adept at entertaining himself and his siblings. His father, a clergyman, raised them in the rectory.
Like a lot of writers, Dodgson was frustrated by losing the excellent ideas that inconveniently come in the middle of the night, so in he invented the nyctograph. The device is a card with 16 square holes two rows of eight that offers a guide for the user to enter a shorthand code of dots and dashes. Dodgson also considered it useful for the blind. Dodgson had a rough childhood. A childhood fever also left him deaf in one ear, and a bout of whooping cough at 17 weakened his chest for the rest of his life.