The Works of Lewis Carroll Essay

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The Works of Lewis Carroll

The works of Lewis Carroll are well known. Two of his most famous works are Through the Looking Glass and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is often heard called the "Crack Book." The use of opium, fascination of odd-reversals, lack of self-confidence, and inventions are tied to Lewis Carroll's life and works directly. His life and the Victorian Era were a direct influence on these two literature works of his.
Lewis Carroll was born on January 27, 1832 at Danesbury, Cheshire. His real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. His father was Reverend Charles Dodgeson. The Reverend and his family were of the Christian faith. Lewis was married to Frances Jane Lutwidge who died on
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He completes Alice's Adventures Underground in 1863 and a year later changes the title Alice's Adventures Underground to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Appleton of New York publishes Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland in 1866. In 1871, Lewis completes the writing of Through the Looking Glass.
Some of Lewis Carroll's books are related to his life in many ways. Throughout his life, Carroll was fascinated by peculiar symmetries and odd-reversals, including mirror writing, looking glass worlds and the spelling of words backward (Hudson 262). His book, Through the Looking Glass, perfectly shows how his works are affected with his life. Lewis was also left-handed in a right-handed world. This is ironic due to his interest of odd-reversals.
Carroll's fascination with reversals is incorporated into his book of Through the Looking Glass. The Queen explains to Alice, "He's in prison now, being punished: and the trial doesn't even begin till next Wednesday: and of course the crime comes last of all" (Wells). In the looking glass world, it makes perfect sense to punish a man for something he didn't do, but to Alice this makes absolutely no sense.
Lewis Carroll had a disability of stammering that may have been caused by attempts to correct his left handedness, but contributed more so to his lack of self-confidence. The character "Alice" in Carroll's books is tied to him in this way. Lewis relates to

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