Quote and Person of the day- Lewis Carrol
“I can't go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
- Lewis Carroll
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born in 1832, England but became more commonly known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. His children’s novel Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is considered one of the best-known and most popular works of English-language fiction.
Carroll developed a stutter at an early age that stuck with him throughout adulthood and ultimately became part of his personal mythos, including the claim that he only stuttered around adults, but spoke without problem to children. A childhood fever also left him deaf in one ear, and later in life, he developed debilitating, aura-hallucinating migraines and what doctors at the time diagnosed as epilepsy.
He wrote 11 books on mathematics, and 12 works of literary fiction. Carroll had his productivity down to a science: he could write 20 words a minute, a page of 150 words in seven and a half minutes, and 12 pages in two and a half hours.
He was a big letter writer, sometimes corresponding upwards of 2,000 times in one year, and he would sometimes write backwards, forcing the reader to hold the letter to a mirror to decipher.
Carroll spent most of his life in Christ Church, Oxford, where he practised as a scholar and teacher. Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, is widely identified as the inspiration for the titular character in his book. Carroll first told the story of Alice to the Liddell girls in 1862 during a boating trip.
The Cheshire cat was inspired by cheese molds from the Cheshire county in England, a dairy-rich area, where “grinning like a Cheshire cat” was a popular phrase, possibly because cats would have been so happy to live in a land of abundant dairy farms. Cheesemakers in the area molded the cheese with a cat’s grinning face, and sliced from the back, so that the cat would slowly disappear and the last part consumed was the head.
In the book, Alice is asked to talk about her adventures, but she insists that it would be of no use to "go back to yesterday, because I was a different person then." It suggests that as we all grow older, our loss of innocence, and significant events in our lives change us so much that we can barely relate to the people we used to be before we lived them.