Lewis Carroll was born on January 27th, 1832, in Daresbury, Chesire, England. He one of eleven children and was homeschooled until the age of twelve. He constantly distinguished himself with honors in his studies. He later studied at Oxford and became a lecturer in Mathematics. He was ordained a deacon, but never received full orders. He is most famous for his Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, originally written for Alice Liddle, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church College. Published in 1865, the work intertwining nonsense and logic became immediately popular as a children’s book. He followed it with Through The Looking Glass in 1872. Analysts of his works have made theological and psychoanalytical interpretations of his fantasies.
“”When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.'” —Through the Looking Glass
We studied it in math class! Lewis Carroll went on to write other works, but none achieved the acclaim of Alice. He died in 1898.