Thursday, November 29, 2018

Lewis Carroll: Frabjous

Lewis Carroll: Frabjous

Christina Weigand

Hi Chris here. My next few posts are going to be about authors that have inspired my writing. Besides giving a biography I will also try and spotlight something that may not be known about the author. I was going to take a look at J.R.R Tolkien first, but decided to take a look at Lewis Carroll. He was alive and wrote his books before Tolkien and Tolkien took some of his inspiration from Carroll. So I only thought it fair to take a look at Carroll first.

Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832. He came from a long line of army officers or Church of England clergy. This is a tradition that Carroll would follow although he never took the step of becoming a priest, but remained a deacon throughout his life.

He died of pneumonia  following influenza on January 14. 1898.

I did a little research on the man and discovered along with his most widely known books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland,Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, The Hunting of the Snark, and  Sylvie and Bruno.

He also wrote books on Mathematics such as: The Game of Logic, and Euclid and his Modern Rivals. 

Besides writing, which included his books and poetry, he was also a photographer, an ordained deacon, a mathematician, logician and inventor. He invented The Wonderland Postage-Stamp Case to encourage letter writing. Later he developed a writing tablet called a nyctograph that allowed note taking in the dark.

By Noah Slater - Sent by Noah Slater to the uploader, CC BY 3.0,

What writer out there today wouldn't give anything for one of those. There are many other things that he developed, including a forerunner to the game of Scrabble and two ciphers for cryptography.

Lewis Carroll was a man of many talents and it was fascinating to read about his life and works.

Frabjous means Splendid, Fine. Lewis Carroll coined this term and when I think about his works that word makes perfect sense. Lewis Carroll's biography in Wikipedia says that  "he is noted for his facility at word play, logic and fantasy."  What a wonderful description.

I had a Frabjous time exploring the man behind Alice and all of her friends. You can read more about Lewis Carroll  here and have a Frabjous day.

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