Lewis Carroll.docx - i Write a paper on one significant author of childrens literature Lewis Carroll Born to a wealthy family in Daresbury Cheshire

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i – Write a paper on one significant author of children’s literature – Lewis Carroll Born to a wealthy family in Daresbury, Cheshire, Lewis Carroll (1832 -1898) grew to attend a grammar school in Yorkshire and then Rugby. Later, Carroll went on to study at Oxford’s Christ Church where he read mathematics, progressing to work as a tutor between the years of 1855 and 1881. This career in education was marred by quite a severe stammer; causing difficulties when lecturing and teaching. After his ordination in 1861 he preached only on occasion. According to documentation, Carroll was a shy man who was known for hiding his hands in black and grey gloves whilst writing humorous verses, including The Hunting of the Snark, in addition to his many mathematical works. Carroll was also known for his exceptional grasp of Aristotelian logic (Collingwood, 2007) . Despite Carroll’s stammer he spoke easily and comfortably with children, whom he was known for often photographing. In spite of Carroll’s reputation his fascination and interest in children was perhaps more innocent than has been reported and he had seven sisters and many enduring friendships with more mature women; although this area of his life has remained comparatively under-examined. However, as Leach (1999) asserts, there has developed a mythology around Carroll which is distinctly Freudian, coupled with the “strange incestuous kind of immortality” which surrounds the real-life Alice and the author of Alice in Wonderland (Collingwood, 2007) . On the fourth of July, 1862, Carroll told a long story to the daughter of Henry George Liddell, the head of Carroll’s Oxford College; a young girl called Alice Liddell. It was these meetings from which the Adventures of Alice in Wonderland were born. There remains speculation around the relationship between Carroll and the Liddell family; a friendship which it seems ended around June of 1863. However, Alice did receive a copy of the book under the title which the story originally appeared; Alice’s Adventures under Ground . The story tells the tale of Alice, a seven year old girl who, upon visiting a meadow falls asleep and dreams that she falls down a rabbit hole. Alice at first finds herself too large before finding herself too small. Soon after this experience Alice meets a Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and the Queen and King of Hearts; among other characters. She experiences many wondrous events and bizarre adventures; all of which throughout she attempts to reason in a variety of discussions which seldom follow the recognised logical paths. Upon the final rejection of the dream Alice awakes (Collingwood, 2007) . In 1981 saw the release of Through the Looking Glass. The sequel has perhaps been quoted more often than the original book; featuring the poems The Walrus and the Carpenter and Jabberwocky. One chapter in Through the Looking Glass was refused an animation by an illustrator John Tenniel because he thought the content was too ridiculous. The chapter did receive publish later on in 1872 and went under the title of the Wasp in a Wig. It was always
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