The man himself.
Real name Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), he was the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, and what Alice Found There
. He also wrote "Jabberwocky
" and "The Hunting of the Snark
." Also Sylvie and Bruno
and more lesser-known works.
A popular source for the Public Domain Character
and still more, the Shout-Out
Dodgson was also a mathematician who published several works on logic. As one might expect, these are filled with Textbook Humor
and nonsensical examples, illustrating the point that in logic what matters is the form of propositions and not their content. His favorite number seems to have been 42.
Works by Lewis Carroll with their own trope pages include:
Other works by Lewis Carroll provide examples of:
- Comically Missing the Point: A popular myth is that when Alice in Wonderland was published at the same time as a book of his on mathematical theory, Queen Victoria was so charmed by Alice that she requested Carroll produce another book like his latest. A short time later he sent her a new math textbook, hot off the presses. When Carroll heard the story, he said that he wished it had happened.
- Friend to All Children: He loved to be around and entertain children, especially the real Alice Liddell, though the myths surrounding his life tend to overstate this. He had many adult friends as well.
- Slightly averted in that he was very much more fond of small girls than of small boys.
- He Also Did: Aside from his work in mathematics, he was also an Anglican deacon and a well-known pioneer of photography.
- Instructional Dialogue (though not so much in the Alice books as in his less famous mathematical writings)
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Alice. Yes, she was real.
- Midword Rhyme: in "Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur."
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Portmanteau: Through the Looking-Glass is the Trope Namer.
- Rotating Arcs: When you start reading the puzzle-story sequence "A Tangled Tale", originally serialised in The Monthly Packet, it appears that each "Knot" (chapter) is a separate one-off story. It's not until Knot IV that we return to the characters from Knot I, and it slowly becomes apparent that the whole thing is indeed a single tangled tale.
- Same Face, Different Name: His books on mathematics were published under his real name, Charles Dodgson. But when it came time for him to write fantasy novels, he used the name "Lewis Carroll", the name by which he is far better known today.
- Speech Impediment: Suffered from a stutter throughout a life, which possibly inspired him caricaturing himself as the Dodo in Alice in Wonderland, referring to the difficulty he had in pronouncing the start of his own surname.
- Significant Anagram: Carroll was a master of word games, peppering his works with anagrams and acrostics and other sophisticated wordplay.
- This Is My Name on Foreign: "Lewis Carroll" is a play on the Latin versions of his real first two names.
- Thrifty Scot: In "The Lang Coortin'".
- Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: He held the view that the single apostrophe in the words "can't", "shan't" and "won't" weren't doing the job of indicating all the missing letters, so he wrote them "ca'n't", "sha'n't" and "wo'n't".