Lewis Carroll



Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was the real name of the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’s and Through the Looking Glass’ author. He was born in Daresbury, England, he was the oldest of 11 children: 4 boys and 7 girls. When he was 18 years old, he enrolled at the Oxford University, where he stayed near 50 years and where he obtained his certificate of studies. He was declared deacon of the Anglican Church and he taught Mathematics and, what is more important, where he wrote two of the most delicious works that have ever been produced in literature.

He lived 66 years as good as any person can do and his main hobby was Mathematics. He had dream problems because of Maths, thinking about how to resolve some mathematical problems. He wrote different works about this subject and the most interesting is Euclides and his modern rivals.

His stories have been known under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll. Maybe the reason of this was his shyness, that is to say, in front of adults. He had no more friends and that made him to make friendships between the children, especially with girls; he understood them perfectly and he was a perfect companion of them. He used to play with them, to invent new games and to tell them stories. The real Alice was his friend Liddell’s daughter, the deacon. Later, she related how these capricious stories, that still enjoy people from any age and country, where referred to her and her two sisters.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1864 and Through the Looking Glass in 1871. The famous English drawer John Tenniel illustrated both. Those books have been illustrated lately by many artists, but the marvellous Tenniel’s drawings still are the favourites. Other publications of Lewis Carroll are The Hunting of the Snark (1876) and Sylvie and Bruno 1889 and 1893.


Summary of the Bibliography

1865 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Macmillan, London.
1869 Phantasmagoria and other poems. Macmillan, London.
1872 Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice found there. Macmillan, London.
1874 Notes by an Oxford Chiel (anonymous pamphlets), Oxford.
1876 The Hunting of the Snark. Macmillan, London.
1879 Euclid and his modern rivals, London (published with the name of C. L. Dodgson).
1885 A tangled Tale. Macmillan, London.
1886 Alice's Adventures Underground. Macmillan, London.
1887 The Game of Logic, Macmillan, London.
1889 The Nursery " Alice ". Macmillan, London.
1889 Sylvie and Bruno. Macmillan, London.
1896 Symbolic Logic, Part I. Elementary, Macmillan, London.
1898 Collingwood, Stuart, Dodgson: The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll. Unwin, London.
1933 Selection from his letters to his child-friends. Macmillan, London.




1832 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born the 27th January in Dadesbury (Manchester), 3rd kid of Charles Dodgson.
1844 He starts studying at the Rochmond School. Still now, he was educated in his family.
1845 He joins in a manuscript, titled Useful and Instructive Poetry (published in 1954) a series of infantile works that prelude his posterior literary production.
-- He writes an analogous work, The Unknown One, for enjoining his family. We know it because Collingwood mentioned it, but it hasn’t been found still now.
1846 He enrols at the public school de Rugby. He starts to be interested in theatre.
1850 These works are joined at The Rectory Magazine, which never has been published in its integrity but partially in different later publications. At the same style are Guida di Bragia, published in 1931. Id. The Rectory Umbrella. He starts writing Mishmash.
1851 He enrols at the Oxford University (Christ Church). His mother dies some days later causing him an impression that people think is the reason of his return to his children world.
1852 He continues writing Mishmash and he starts publishing articles as The Lady of the Ladle and Wilhelm von Schmitz at some magazines.
1854 He obtains his master’s degree and starts preparing for the ordinance of deacon.
1855 He contacts with Edmundo Yates, the Comic Times’ director, where he publishes poetic parodies and some short stories. Yates gives him the pseudonymous of Lewis Carroll.
1856 Yates launches the magazine The Train, and Carroll writes for it comic poems. He meets Alice Liddell, 3 years old, and starts a relationship of big intimacy with her family.
1857 Dodgson publishes letters in English newspapers and starts his mathematical works at the same time he starts teaching. He starts interesting in photography and Alice poses for him.
1858 He publishes anonymously The Fifth Book of Euclid treated algebraically by a College Tutor.
1860 A Photographer's Day Out, signed by Lewis Carroll. Rules for a Court Circular and Faces in the Fire, poem where, for the first time and the last one, appears a detail of a love story.
1861 He is ordained deacon, but he renounces because of his deficiency of devotion and his failure in teaching.
1862 Mishmash and College Rhymes are published and they contain some poems by Carroll.
-- He publishes A Syllabus of Plane Algebraical Geometry, signed by Dodgson, and Notes on the First Two Books of Euclid and Notes on the First Part of Algebra.
1863 His friends encourage him for publishing Alice and he does it. He publishes mathematical works, The Enunciations of Euclid, and Croquet Castles for Five Players.
1864 He publishes Examination Statute and A Guide to the Mathematical Student.
1865 He publishes The New Method of Evaluation as Applied to pi and another comic articles. The most important is the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
1866 The Elections to the Hebdomadal Council. He starts writing to the Pall Mall Gazette about oxonian subjects and, maybe because of that, Alice’s mother quarrels with the Liddell family.
1867 He starts writing Through the Looking Glass. He travels to Russia and he makes interesting notes on his diary. He publishes in Aunt Judy's Magazine some short works signed by Carroll.
1868 His father dies and this causes on him a big impression. He publishes a satiric article about the University, The Offer of the Clarenton Trustees. He continues publishing mathematical works as The Telegraph Cipher, The Alphabet Cipher.
1871 He finishes his work Through the Loocking Glass and What Alice Found There which will be published by MacMillan and illustrated by Tenniell.
1872 The New Belfry of Christ Church and The Vision of the Three T's, are anonymous writings which attack the Liddell architectonic projects.
1873 He starts writing Silvia and Bruno.
1874 Some anterior mathematical works are collected and reedited. And the same with his oxonian works under the tittle Nores by an Oxford Chiel.
1875 Euclid Books I, II, signed by Dodgson.
1876 He starts to be concentrated on logic subjects with Professorship of Comparative Philology and A Method of taking votes on more than two isues.
1877 Different works related with Alice: An Easter Greeting to every child who loves Alice, Fame's Penny Trumpel.
1878 First apparition of mathematical and logic games with words in Word-Links.
1879 Euclid and his modern rivals, signed by Dodgson.
1880 He leaves photography because people make bad commentaries about his children nudes. So he starts drawing children nudes with Gertrude Thomson. Since 1879 he writes a series of letter to the Educational Times and some articles about rules for games for The Monthly Packet.
1881 He leaves education and his friends elect him ‘conservative’ of the College’s home. He reedits his works about Euclides.
1883 He publishes anterior poems in Rhyme and Reason? And A Tangled Tale, Christmas Greetings.
1881 He starts the adaptation of Alice for theatre and children book.
1886 Three Years in a Culatorship, more joking comments about live in the College and some articles about The Election of Proctors.
1887 Commercial edition of Game of Logic.
1888 The Stage and the Spirit of Reverence and Stage Children.
1889 Publication of Silvia and Bruno.
1890 More rules about games in Circular Billiards, and Stranger Circular, where he negates his identification with Lewis Carroll.
He sees Alice again, now she is Mrs. Hargreaves.
1892 He finishes the publication of Papers on Logic and Challenge to Logicians.
1893 He publishes Syzygies and Lanrick and Sylvia and Bruno Concluded.
1894 He publishes anonymously Problems of Symbolic Logic, A disputed point of Logic, A Theorem in Logic, a Logical Paradox, a Logical Puzzle, y What the turtle said to Aquiles.
1895 He writes on his diary ‘I consecrate all my time to logic’ and he finishes the redaction of Symbolic Logic.
1896 Symbolical Logic, part I, elemental. Second part will never appear.
Obsessed still his last month of live for mathematical rules.
1898 He dies the 14th January because of bronchitis, some days before he reaches attain 66 years old.