Taking a Look at Lewis Carroll

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Lewis Carroll was born on January 27, 1832, as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson to a family of workers in the army and Church (and a whole family full of Charles’). His great-grandfather, also Charles Dodgson, had been a bishop. His grandfather, another Charles Dodgson, had been an army captain and ended up being killed in battle, leaving two children behind. The elder son, Charles, went to Westminster and then Oxford. This Charles married his cousin in 1827 and became a country parson. Out of this marriage came yet another Charles. Our Charles, who came to use the penname of Lewis Carroll (and, gee, I wonder why). He was the third of eleven children who, remarkably, all lived to adulthood. The first years of his education were spent at home and consisted of reading materials and progressing at his own rate. By the age of seven, he was reading The Pilgrim’s Progress. It’s been said that he was originally left-handed but was forced to adapt to use his right hand, which was not an uncommon practice at the time. There is no evidence of such a thing happening, though, nor of the trauma it supposedly caused a young Carroll (VictorianWeb). He began attending Oxford in 1851. After attending the school for two days, however, he was called home due to his mother’s death. Young Charles didn’t let her death distract too much from his path at Oxford. He did not always give his best or work his hardest in his academic career, but he was an exceptionally gifted student and achievement came
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