Lewis Carroll - Biography Essay

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Lewis Carroll “Be what you would seem to be - or, if you'd like it put more simply - never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.” Lewis Carroll. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, was born on January 27, 1832, in Daresbury England. He was the oldest boy in a family of eleven children of Reverend Charles Dodgson and his wife, Francis Jane Lutwidge. Carroll’s life at Daresbury was rather reclusive and his only playmates were his brothers and sisters for whom he invented and organized various kind of games and activities. Most of Carroll’s childhood was spent taking care of his little sisters: his ability in creating games and puzzles along with his extraordinary imagination was constantly being exercised in order to entertain them. It is said that his parent’s attempt to correct his left-handedness made him develop a stammer which followed him throughout his life. Although this kind of procedure was considered normal at the time, it led Lewis not only to develop the speech disorder but to lose self-confidence: this is a key factor in Carroll’s life that easily explains his later difficulty in socializing with adults and his preference in the company of children. In fact, when talking to adults he suffered from minor panic attacks and his stammering got worse, making him nearly incomprehensible; when in the company of children, though, Carroll found himself at ease and his stammering disappeared. Lewis’s father, Reverend Charles Dodgson, gifted him with a sincere devotion to religion as well as with a strong belief in endeavour which will significantly reflect on his works. Reverend Charles Dodgson has been regarded as silent and serious kind of man but many letters he wrote to Lewis

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