Lewis Carroll (1832 – 1898) was the well-known pen name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
Born in Daresbury, a small village located south west of Warrington in northern Cheshire, Dodgson was the third child and eldest son in a family of eleven. Like his father, Dodgson joined the clergy. He served as both a preacher and a mathematics professor at Oxford University's Christ Church College.
At a young age, Dodgson entertained his brothers and sisters with a variety of games, plays, magic and puppet performances, as well as creating family magazines. As an adult, Dodgson's love of the theatre, magic shows, and other exhibitions persisted. Dodgson was also known as an avid photographer, a thorough record keeper, diarist, and letter writer.
Praised by family and friends for his great kindness and gentleness, Dodgson was known to be both fastidious and shy. Nonetheless, it was his delight to entertain his young friends with amusing stories, puzzles and games. As a result, the Alice series and a great many other children's works were produced. As the word and logic puzzles included in the books attest, the mathematician could never be wholly separated from the author. In fact, Dodgson also published works of political satire, mathematics, and logic.
Image: Photograph of Charles Dodgson. Beyond the Looking Glass. Colin Gordon. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1982.