Monday, January 10, 2005

Flashes from the Past: Real Childhood Biographies

Who was this? "I cannot say that I looked back upon my life at a Public School with any sensations of pleasure, or that any earthly consideration would induce me to go through my three years again." He was the 3rd of 11 children, gifted, sensitive, eager, but handicapped from an early age, not only by his stammer but also by deafness in his right ear from infantile fever. He wrote little notes of advice for his younger siblings like:"Don't dream" and "Never stew your sister." He entertained his family with puppet shows and magic tricks and kept snails as pets. From the biography link below: "His early academic career veered between high octane promise, and irresistible distraction. Through his own laziness, he failed an important scholarship..." Can you tell? This was Charles Dodgson, or Lewis Carroll, author of Alice and Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and Mathematician Lecturer at Oxford.

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