Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born on January 27, 1832 at Daresbury parsonage, Cheshire, as the eldest son and the third of eleven children of Charles Dodgson, curate of the parish, and Frances Jane Lutwidge. When Charles was eleven years old, the family moved to Croft-on-Tees, where his father was appointed Archdeacon of Richmond and Canon of Ripon Cathedral. At the age of thirteen, Charles inaugurated the first of a series of family magazines for his siblings, under the name of

Useful and Instructive Poetry

, followed by

The Rectory Magazine


The Rectory Umbrella



. In 1844 he entered Richmond Grammar School, and in 1846 Rugby, where he spent three rather unpleasant years: “From my own experience of school life at Rugby I can say that if I could have been […] secure from…

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Citation: Zirker, Angelika. "Lewis Carroll". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 August 2007 [, accessed 13 June 2024.]

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