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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson better known as Lewis Carroll is recognized by all as the silly fairy-tale author of stories such as Alice in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass However little is known about what drove him to write such obviously fantastic stories Themes such as nonsense and fantasy education drug abuse racism and prejudice money malnutrition and public health are touched upon throughout his works While only speculation can be offered it is clear that these topics were developed as a result of real life experiences Carrolls childhood had a strong impact on his writing mostly because of his playful nature By this time age 8 Lewis Carroll was very fond of inventing games for the amusement of his brothers and sisters Kelly 3 As a child Carroll was very attached to his mother Carrolls love and affection for his mother was exceptional Kelly 2 Her death in 1851 had an enormous negative effect on Carrolls morale which was at an all-time low and when his father died Carroll stated that it was the greatest blow that has ever fallen on my life Gardner 9 During his adolescent years he secluded himself from others because of his everlasting stammerCarroll was a part of the wealthier class in Victorian England but not aristocratic His father was an Archdeacon at Christ Church in Yorkshire England From his father he developed an early love of nonsense A letter from Archdeacon Dodgson away in Leeds to his eight-year-old son for example reads Wullschlager 31Then what a bawling a tearing of hair there will be Pigs and babies camels and Butterflies rolling in theGutter together old women rushing up chimneys Cows after them ducks hiding themselves in coffeeCups and fat geese trying to squeeze themselvesInto pencil cases at last the Mayor of Leeds willBe found covered up with custard stuck full of
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