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Mad Tea Party, The

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Mad Tea Party, The

Lewis Carroll is a pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), who taught math at Christ Church in Oxford, England. Dodgson was partially deaf and spoke with a stammer but was a gifted mathematician, storyteller, and photographer. As a boy, Dodgson entertained his five younger sisters and three younger brothers with his stories and puppet shows. In 1856, Dodgson befriended the children of Henry Liddell, who served as the dean of Christ Church. Dodgson spent much time with Liddell’s children―Lorina, Edith, and Alice―telling them stories and taking them on frequent afternoon boat trips on the river. Alice Liddell was the inspiration for the character of Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871).