Born Today: Lewis Carroll

January 27, 1832, Charles L. Dodgson was born in a small village in Cheshire, England. His birth name may seem unremarkable to you, as he was better known by his pen name: Lewis Carroll

Carroll was the third child and the oldest son of 11 siblings. He excelled academically in mathematics and attended Christ College. He pursued photography and different forms or writing, from poetry to essays and political pamphlets. 

However, his most recognized work was inspired by his interactions with children, particularly Alice Liddell. Carroll had a stutter and felt that he could communicate better with children. Carroll would spin fanciful tales to entertain Alice and her sister, and they would later become “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, published in 1865. 

The sequel, “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There”, came out in 1871. When Carroll passed away in 1932, both books were the most popular children’s books in England and around the world.  

If you haven’t read any of Alice’s Adventures, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve taken your own trip down the rabbit hole, be sure to check out one of the books from the Yonkers Public Library!


Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.