Lewis Carroll was an English writer. His real name was Charles Dodgson. Charles Dodgson was the third child in the family. He had seven brothers and sisters. The children were brought up in the country among gardens, fields and woods. When Charles was twelve years old, he went to school. He was a good pupil. Then he became a student at Oxford University. Later he was a teacher of mathematics there. Charles Dodgson wrote a lot of books on mathematics, but he is not famous as a mathematician. He is famous as Lewis Carroll, the author of the children’s book “Alice in Wonderland”.
This book was written in 1865 and very soon it was a popular children’s book. Charles Dodgson loved children very much and he often told interesting stories to his friend’s children. One of them was his friend’s daughter Alice. He loved her best of all. He often told her interesting stories, which he made up himself. When Alice was ten years old, she asked Charles Dodgson to write down all the stories for her. She wanted to read them herself. He did it and called the book “Alice in Wonderland”. Charles Dodgson did not want his name to be on the book. People knew him as a mathematician and not as a writer of stories for children. So the author of “Alice in Wonderland” was given the name of Lewis Carroll.
In this time the book was published in England many, many times. Soon it was translated into many languages, and children all over the world began to read it. They all loved it very much. Children still love “Alice in Wonderland”. It is one of the most popular children’s books and people still publish it in many parts of the world.
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Lewis Carroll (1832 -1898)