Friday, January 26, 2007

Lewis Carroll, 175 and going strong

Today is Lewis Carroll's one hundred and seventy-fifth birth anniversary.

Some facts of interest:
Lewis Carroll is, ofcourse, the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. But how did he hit upon Lewis Carroll?
This pseudonym was a play on his real name; Lewis was the anglicised form of Ludovicus, which was the Latin for Lutwidge, and Carroll being an anglicised version of Carolus, the Latin for Charles (source)
Carroll was an accomplished photographer. Among his sitters were most of the Pre-Raphaelites.

He was reading Pilgrim's Progress at the age of seven (source)

Do you know the Carroll Myth?

This year, Lewis Carroll is on my reading list (specifically because a friend wrote about his re-reading of Through the Looking Glass and I was very taken with that view). I've never read Carroll as an adult reader and I am very curious to see how I perceive Alice as well as Looking Glass now.

1 comment:

Krithiga said...

First the Lewis Carroll Myth and then J.M. Barrie who had to endure similar accusations - no Children's author was spared in England?