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Lewis Carroll in 1856, self-portrait

Lewis Carroll was the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Daresbury, Cheshire, 27 January 1832 – Guildford, Surrey, 14 January 1898).[1] Dodgson was an Oxford don, a logician (mathematics expert), a writer, a poet, an Anglican clergyman, and a photographer. He is most famous for his story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland which he told to a young friend, Alice Liddell, when he took the girl and two sisters on a boat trip. Alice enjoyed the story and asked Dodgson to write it down. Carroll then wrote a second story about Alice called Through the Looking-Glass. Both stories are still popular all over the world.

Dodgson was a Fellow of Christ Church, Oxford, specialising in logic and mathematics. He wrote a number of books and pamphlets on the subject.[2] He died of pneumonia in Guildford, Surrey.


Literary works

Mathematical works

  • A syllabus of Plane Algebraic Geometry (1860)
  • The Fifth Book of Euclid treated algebraically (1858 and 1868)
  • The Alphabet Cipher.
  • An elementary treatise on determinants, with their application to simultaneous linear equations and algebraic equations
  • Euclid and his modern rivals (1879), both literary and mathematical in style
  • Symbolic Logic Part I
  • Symbolic Logic Part II (published posthumously)
  • The Game of Logic
  • Some popular fallacies about vivisection
  • Curiosa Mathematica I (1888)
  • Curiosa Mathematica II (1892)
  • The Theory of Committees and Elections, collected, edited, analyzed, and published in 1958, by Duncan Black

Posthumous portrait by Herkhomer

Further reading

  • Bowman, Isa 1899. The Story of Lewis Carroll, told by the real Alice in Wonderland. Dent, London
  • Cohen, Morton N. 1995. Lewis Carroll: a biography. London: Macmillan.

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    ISBN 0-333-62926-4
  • Clark, Ann 1979. Lewis Carroll: a biography. London: J.M. Dent)

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    ISBN 0-460-04302-1
  • Collingwood, Stuart Dodgson 1898. The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll. London: T. Fisher Unwin
  • De La Mare, Walter 1932. Lewis Carroll. Faber & Faber, London.
  • Dodgson, Charles L. The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll, v.1 The Oxford Pamphlets (1993)

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    ISBN 0-8139-1250-4; v.2 The Mathematical Pamphlets (1994)

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    ISBN 0-9303-26-09-1; v.3 The Political Pamphlets (2001)

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    ISBN 0-930326-14-8; v.4 The Logic Pamphlets (2010)

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    ISBN 978-0-930326-25-8
  • Lennon, Florence Becker 1947. Lewis Carroll: a biography. Cassell, London.
  • Williams et al 1979. The Lewis Carroll handbook. Dawson, Kent. List of literature by and about Dodgson.


  1. The Literature Network
  2. Wakeling, Edward; Lewis Carroll (1992). Edward Wakeling. ed. Lewis Carroll's games and puzzles. Courier Dover Publications. ISBN 978-0-486-26922-1 .