When Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was born on 27 January 1832, few could have predicted that he would be world-famous, albeit under a pseudonym, at his death. Charles was born into a highly conservative, religious family of northern England. His father had been named Charles, as had his grandfather and great-grandfather. The family tradition was for the men to take holy orders and enter the church, as his great-grandfather and father had both done. His grandfather had served in the army and been killed in action. As would be expected, the youngest Charles came up in a stable, conservative home that...

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