CARROLL, LEWIS (1832-1898). In real life this English author, whose Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' are such universal favor ites, was named Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Strange to say, his life-work was as professor of mathematics in Oxford University. This is perhaps why, when he came to write his delightful books for children, he took a different pen-name. Even stranger is the fact that he had no children of his own, being an " old bachelor" whose knowledge of children was derived merely from playing with the children of his friends.
The real Alice was the daughter of his friend Dean Liddell. Long afterwards she gave this account of how these whimsical stories, which still delight readers of all ages and all countries, were first told to her and her two sisters: " Most of Mr. Dodgson's stories were told to us on river expeditions near Oxford. I believe the begin ning of Alice' was told one summer afternoon when the sun was so burning that we had landed in the meadows down the river, deserting the boat to take refuge in the shade of a new-made hayrick. Here from all three came the old petition of 'Tell us a story', and so began the ever delightful tale. Sometimes to tease us—and perhaps being really tired—Mr. Dodg son would stop suddenly and say, 'And that's all till next time!" Ah, but it is next time!' would be the exclamation from all three, and after some persuasion the story would start afresh." When the stories were published in book form, they owed much of the immediate fame which they won to the delightful drawings with which they were illustrated by the English cartoonist and artist, Sir John Tenniel.