CARROLL was born at Daresbury in Chesire into a wealthy
family. He attended a Yorkshire grammar school and Rugby. At Christ Church,
Oxford, he studied mathematics and worked from 1855 to 1881 as a lecturer
(tutor). Carroll's career in education was troubled by a bad stammer. He
lectured and taught with difficulty and he also preached only occasionally
after his ordination in 1861. According to stories, Carroll was shy and he
even hid his hands continually within a pair of gray-and-black gloves.
Carroll also wrote humorous verse, such as The Hunting of the Snark
and mathematical works. And he was a rather exceptional student of
In spite of his stammer, Carroll spoke easily with children, whom he often
one picnic - on July 4, 1862 - Carroll started to tell a long story to Alice
Liddell (died in 1934), who was the daughter of Henry George Liddell, the
head of his Oxford college. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was
born from these tales. ...
The friendship with the Liddell family
ended abruptly in June 1863, two years before Wonderland was
published, and Carroll turned his attention to other young friends.
Originally the book appeared under the title Alice's Adventures Under
Ground. The story centers on the seven-year-old Alice, who falls asleep
in a meadow, and dreams that she plunges down a rabbit hole. She finds
herself first too large and then too small. She meets such strange
characters as 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.