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,
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).
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