LEWIS CARROLL was born at Daresbury in Chesire into a wealthy family.
He attended grammar school in Yorkshire and Rugby. At Christ Church,
Oxford, he studied mathematics and worked from 1855 to 1881 as a lecturer
(tutor). He lectured and taught with difficulty and also preached on occasion after
his ordination in 1861. Carroll also wrote humorous verse and
mathematical works, and was a rather exceptional student of
Carroll was reportedly quite shy, even to the point of continually hiding
his hands within a pair of gray-and-black gloves. His career in education
was hampered by a bad stammer, which somehow disappeared when he spoke with children,
whom he often photographed.
During one picnic, on July 4, 1862, Carroll started to tell a long story to Alice
Liddell, the daughter of Henry George Liddell, head of his Oxford college. Alice's
Adventures in Wonderland was born from these tales....
His friendship with the Liddell family ended abruptly in June 1863,
two years before Wonderland was published. The book first appeared
under the title Alice's Adventures Under Ground. In it, seven-year-old Alice
falls asleep in a meadow, and dreams that she plunges down a rabbit hole, where she
finds herself too large at first and then too small. She meets a strange parade of
characters: the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, and the King and
Queen of Hearts, and experiences wondrous, often bizarre adventures, trying
to reason in numerous discussions that do not follow the usual paths of
logic. Finally she totally rejects the dream world and wakes up.