January 27, 2011

Happy birthday!

Today is a special day.

It is the 179th birthday of Lewis Carroll.

Ah, what an artist died with him! He was born on January 27, 1832 as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Under the pen name Lewis Carroll he wrote the infamous "Alice in Wonderland" and "Alice Through the Looking-glass" as well as several famous poems such as "The Hunting of the Snark" and, of course, the illustrious "Jabberwocky." He was a mathematician, logician, deacon, photographer, and - in my opinion - brilliant author. If you haven't read his two Alice books, I recommend them highly. They are "curiouser and curiouser"; cleverly written, very entertaining, and make excellent read-alouds to younger siblings (my family and I enjoyed them both immensely).

Happy birthday, Mr. Carroll! Thank you for your marvelous contributions to the world of literature.

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"'You know,' he added very gravely, 'it's one of the most serious things that can possibly happen to one in a battle - to get one's head cut off.'" - Tweedledee

"The executioner's argument was, that you couldn't cut off a head unless there was a body to cut if off from: that he had never had to do such a thing before, and he wasn't going to begin at his time of life.
The King's argument was that anything that had a head could be beheaded, and that you weren't to talk nonsense.
The Queen's argument was that, if something wasn't done in about less than no time, she'd have everybody executed, all round. (It was this last remark that had made the whole party look so grave and anxious.)" - Alice in Wonderland

"Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise." - the Duchess

"Curiouser and curiouser!" - Alice

"'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe." - Jabberwocky


Noelle said...

Oh! OH! Did you hear about the travesty that happened on Edgar Allan Poe's birthday last week?

Here's what happened: For some 60 years, a mystery visitor has come to Poe's grave and left three roses and half a bottle of cognac. He always wears a white scarf and wide-brimmed hat -- he's been sighted but never identified. This year, he did not come because a crowd of people WAITED AROUND TO SEE!! Four imposters showed up over the course of the night, but the true mystery man never came.
And that is the greatest mystery of all.

Jake said...

Excellent, excellent. :) Lewis Carroll was a randomatical genius. Happy Birthday Carroll!

*drinks in the quotes*

Anonymous said...

No, I did not! *stealthily looks up the word 'travesty'* Ah, an excellent word which I will have to employ often!

That is... very interesting. Wow! Extremely mysterious - a fitting tribute to the illustrious Mr. Poe! Thanks for letting me know about this; I'll look into it further, seek out news articles and such.

Jake - That he was; that he was! The quotes I found aren't the very best - I was a bit rushed for time - but they'll do. Heh, I was just thinking, while shelving books this evening in the library, that Lewis Carroll would have been a man who would have approved of the word "flow'st." :|


Jake said...

True, true--if he didn't have his own flow'st already, who knows; he might have.

Brianna said...

Noelle, what an interesting story!!

Brennan, of course you WOULD know the birthday of Lewis Carroll! Haha! Happy belated birthday to the one who wrote this blog's namesake poem!

I love the Tweedledee quote. And I am still absolutely and completely befuddled about the Duchess' quote. (It's brilliant.)