Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 5 Interesting Things About Lewis Carroll

You know that Lewis Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and its companion piece Through The Looking Glass.  Here's some things I'll bet you didn't know about this interesting author.

5: In addition to writing, he also illustrated the first editions of the Alice series.

4: He coined the word portmanteau for various terms he used in his famous Jabberwocky poem.

3: Lewis Carroll was his nom de plume.  His real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson--which is the name he used on his scholarly writings.

2: "What scholarly writings," you ask?  Well, Carroll Dodgson was a mathematician and logician, writing more than 10 scholarly books and developing the Dodgson's method--a voting system grounded, in part, on the Kendall tau distance metric (yeah, I don't understand it either).

1: Finally, in addition to being the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything (hat tip to Douglas Adams), the number 42 crops up throughout Carroll's works: Rule 42 in Alice is that all persons more than a mile high must leave the Queen's court; in the preface of The Hunting of the Snark, Rule 42 in the preface is "No one shall speak to the Man at the Helm"; in the same story, the Baker has 42 boxes with his name printed on them; the White Queen in Through the Looking Glass is 101 years, 5 months, 1 day old--if her and the other queen are the same age, their combined age is 74,088 days, or 42 x 42 x 42 (remember, he was a mathematician).

So there you go--the 5 most interesting things you never knew about the guy behind Disney's Alice in Wonderland.  Any thoughts?  Share below!  And like us on Facebook...


  1. nice information...didn't know before...

    Miss your hot comment buddy!

  2. head nod to Douglas Adams. Hitchhiker's was great. 
    cool footnotes about Carroll. seems like a smart guy