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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)

Carroll, Lewis, pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. A notable English humorist; born near Warrington, Jan. 27, 1832; died at Guildford, England, Jan. 14, 1898. His fame is based on the stories—nominally for the nursery, but only appreciable in their full merit by adults—‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ (1865), and its sequel ‘Through the Looking-Glass’ (1872). They are fantasy-fables, full of what seems pure nonsense, but really based largely on “reductions to absurdity” of illogical popular usages in language or reasoning. They have been translated into most of the languages of Europe. Some excellent nonsense verse is also found in the collections ‘Phantasmagoria’ (1869), the poem ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ (1876), and the inferior prose fairy-tale ‘Sylvie and Bruno.’ The author published several works on mathematics and logic, in both serious and humorous form. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).