Yes, the author of his most famous works, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the sequel Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. The latter is simply the best title for a book ever. I think that many people don’t even know that they are two books, and that the story that we know and love from the movies is a mash – up of the two! Did I just blow your mind? Ha!
The following poem is from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but was also included in the second volume of the 1961 edition of Childcraft.
How Doth the Little Crocodile
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!
How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in
With gently smiling jaws!
The little crocodile does not sound like someone to mess with, now does he? Certainly not!
Take a look at this other one by Carroll. I thought it was cute.
“You are old, Father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head–
Do you think at your age, it is right?”
“In my youth, ” Father William replied to his son,
“I feared it might injure the brain;
But, now they I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”
“You are old,” said the youth, “as I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door–
Pray, what is the reason of that?”
“In my youth, ” said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
“I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment — one shilling the box —
Allow me to sell you a couple?”
“You are old,” said the youth, “and your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak —
Pray, how did you manage to do it? “
“In my youth, ” said his father, “I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw
Has lasted the rest of my life. “
“You are old,” said the youth, “one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose–
What made you so awfully clever? “
“I have answered three questions, and that is enough,”
Said his father. “Don’t give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off or I’ll kick you downstairs! “
What other works by Lewis Carroll have you enjoyed? Let us know in the comments!