Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born in England in the early 1800‘s. Dodgson, best remembered by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, showed signs of extraordinary talent at a young age. He did not permanently take on the name Lewis Carroll until much later in life (“Lewis Carroll Biography”; “Lewis Carroll”; Woolf, “Lewis Carroll’s Shifting Reputation”). During this time period, “slavery was legal, cholera was rife in cities, Roman Catholics were barred from Parliament, and tiny children were being worked to death in factories” (Woolf, “The Mystery of Lewis Carroll” 24). Some critics believe many of these factors contributed to Carroll’s deep sense of melancholy.
Although, he had many brothers and sisters and was almost never alone, he was a troubled child. He appeared to always be outcast and was even thought to be sexually abused (“The Mystery of Lewis Carroll” 36). He was close with one of his sisters, Elizabeth, but never really shared much about his personal life with her (“Mystery of Carroll” 28). Elizabeth treated Carroll as if he was her son. In fact, Carroll’s diaries almost never refer to his birth-mother (“Mystery of Carroll” 41). Another influential person in Carroll’s childhood was his uncle, Robert W. Skeffington Lutwidge (“Mystery of Carroll” 38). In his journals, Carroll recounts his relationship with his uncle and how tha...
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