The Works of Lewis Carroll
The works of Lewis Carroll are well known. Two of his most famous works are Through the Looking Glass and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is often heard called the "Crack Book." The use of opium, fascination of odd-reversals, lack of self-confidence, and inventions are tied to Lewis Carroll's life and works directly. His life and the Victorian Era were a direct influence on these two literature works of his.
Lewis Carroll was born on January 27, 1832 at Danesbury, Cheshire. His real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. His father was Reverend Charles Dodgeson. The Reverend and his family were of the Christian faith. Lewis was married to Frances Jane Lutwidge who died on January 26, 1851. Fanny bore him eleven children. Their eldest son and third child followed in Carroll's steps by writing poetry, books, novels, fables, etc. Their third child remained single throughout his life and remained devoted to his works. Lewis died on January 14, 1898 at his sister's home in Guildford.
Lewis started to write literature works when he was young. He led up to his climax after writing Through the Looking Glass and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland because for these books, he became well known over time. Lewis really started to write when he was 13. At this age in 1845, he contributed poems and drawings to the family magazine titled Useful and Instructive Poetry. Lewis attended Richmond Grammar School at the time. He established himself as a freelance humorist in 1854 and contributed poems as well as stories to the Oxonian Advertiser and the Whitby Gazette. On July 4, 1862, Lewis made a boating excursion up the Isis to Godstow in the company of Robinson Duckworth and the three Liddell sisters to whom he first tells the story of
Alice (Kelly Chronology). Soon after he tells the story of Alice, he begins to write and revise Alice's Adventures Underground. He completes Alice's Adventures Underground
in 1863 and a year later changes the title Alice's Adventures Underground to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Appleton of New York publishes Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland in 1866. In 1871, Lewis completes the writing of Through the Looking Glass.
Some of Lewis Carroll's books are related to his life in many ways. Throughout his life, Carroll was fascinated by peculiar symmetries and odd-reversals, including mirror writing, looking glass worlds and the spelling of words backward (Hudson 262). His book, Through the Looking Glass, perfectly shows how his works are affected with his life. Lewis was also left-handed in a right-handed world. This is ironic due to his interest of odd-reversals.
Carroll's fascination with reversals is incorporated into his book of Through the Looking Glass. The Queen explains to Alice, "He's in prison now, being punished: and the trial doesn't even begin till next Wednesday: and of course the crime comes last of all" (Wells). In the looking glass world, it makes...