Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sorry, Louis. I missed your birthday.

On January 27th 1832 the third child and first boy was born to a family in England who would later have a total of 11 children. From a young age Charlies Lutwidge Dodgson enjoyed moderate success publishing short stories and poetry in 1856 he began using the pen name Lewis Carroll when he published Solitude a romantic poem. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published in 1865. He next published a scholarly mathematical book. Then in 1871 the sequel to Alice Through the Looking-Glass was published. He went on to publish five more literary books to volumes of poetry and a total of 11 mathematical books.

Carroll invented a postage stamp case, a special Writing Tablet called nyctograph, and several games, including an early version of Scrabble. He enjoyed a couple of decades of success as a photographer. He even taught mathematics at Christ Church College in Oxford England after he graduated from there. Lewis Carroll died of pneumonia just about two weeks before what would have been his 66th birthday.

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