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Annotated List of Selected Lewis Carroll Publications in the Library of Congress

Lewis Carroll, the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), wrote books under both his real name and his pen name. His books on mathematics and the pamphlets that he wrote on a variety of the issues of his day were published under his real name. The books that he wrote for children and the general public were usually published under the name Lewis Carroll. His publications number more than three hundred items. The following is a selection of his most important works in the Library of Congress in chronological order.

  • A Syllabus of Plane Algebraical Geometry (1860), written as a study-guide for the undergraduates at Oxford University.
  • The Formulae of Plane Trigonometry (1861), written for the benefit of undergraduates studying mathematics at Oxford. LCCN: 45042521.
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), a fantasy story told to the Liddell sisters--Lorina, Alice, and Edith Liddell. Written in manuscript form with Dodgson’s own drawings (1862-64) and given to Alice; later published with illustrations by John Tenniel. This book became a bestseller and made Lewis Carroll famous worldwide. The Library of Congress has multiple illustrated editions.
  • An Elementary Treatise on Determinants (1867), an original investigation into an algorithmic method of finding a mathematical determinant, initially presented to the Royal Society in 1866. This book is one of Dodgson’s main contributions to the field of mathematics.
  • Phantasmagoria (1869), a collection of humorous and serious poems composed by Dodgson over the previous sixteen years. LCCN: 12031247.
  • Alice’s Abenteuer im Wonderland (1869), the first German translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Library of Congress has multiple reprints of this book.
  • Aventures d’Alice au pays des Merveilles (1869), the first French translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. LCCN: 25002843.
  • Through the Looking-Glass (1872), the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with illustrations by John Tenniel. LCCN: 15012463.
  • Le Avventure d’Alice nel Paese delle Meraviglie (1872), the first Italian translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. LCCN: 44020342.
  • Euclid, Book V, Proved Algebraically (1874), an original treatise demonstrating the propositions of Euclid in an algebraic context.
  • The Hunting of the Snark (1876), an epic nonsense poem with illustrations by Henry Holiday. The Library of Congress has multiple reprints, some in translation.
  • Euclid and His Modern Rivals (1879), Dodgson’s attempt to popularize his defense of Euclid against the modern non-Euclidean geometers, presented in a humorous dramatic form.
  • Euclid Books I, II (1882), a reworking of Euclid’s introduction to geometry designed for use in schools. An earlier version was published in 1875.
  • Lawn Tennis Tournament (1883), Dodgson’s proposal to ensure that the best players achieved the prizes that they deserved. LCCN: 45043561.
  • Rhyme? and Reason? (1883), a collection of humorous poems, some previously published in Phantasmagoria, including The Hunting of the Snark, with illustrations by Arthur Burdett Frost and Henry Holiday. LCCN: 27010605.
  • The Principles of Parliamentary Representation (1884), Dodgson’s contribution to the theory of elections, now known as Proportional Representation (PR).
  • A Tangled Tale (1885), a series of ten mathematical puzzles (called “knots”) combined within a narrative story concerning the exploits of a family, illustrated by Arthur Burdett Frost. The Library of Congress has multiple reprints.
  • Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (1886), a facsimile reprint of the original manuscript given to Alice Liddell. LCCN: 20013900.
  • The Game of Logic (1887), the elementary aspects of Dodgson’s original work on symbolic logic for use with young people. Dodgson used this book in schools when he gave lectures in logic, but his intention was that children buy it for their own amusement and education. LCCN: 12000117.
  • Curiosa Mathematica, Part I, A New Theory of Parallels (1888), Dodgson’s attempt to improve Euclid’s twelfth axiom concerning parallel lines, together with an investigation of inscribed and circumscribed hexagons to refute the “circle-squarers”--those who thought that the ratio of the circumference and diameter of a circle was a rational number.
  • The Nursery “Alice” (1889), a reworking of Alice’s Adventures for very young children with colored illustrations by John Tenniel.
  • Sylvie and Bruno (1889), a complex fairy-tale in which Dodgson embedded many of his personal attitudes and opinions, illustrated by Harry Furniss. The Library of Congress has multiple reprints.
  • Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing (1890), with stamp-case and envelope. Dodgson’s guide to sending letters and his useful invention of a case to hold postage stamps. LCCN: 77372882 and 77372883.
  • Curiosa Mathematica, Part II, Pillow-Problems (1893), a series of mathematical problems. Dodgson personally solved these problems at night, often in the dark, without recourse to pen and paper.
  • Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893), the second and final part of Dodgson’s extensive fairy-tale written primarily for grown-ups.
  • Symbolic Logic, Part I, Elementary (1896), the first in a proposed series of three books covering Dodgson’s treatise on symbolic logic using his newly invented methods of determining the validity of logical arguments. The two remaining parts (Advanced and Transcendental) were unfinished at his death.
  • Three Sunsets and Other Poems (1898), a collection of serious poems illustrated with fairy-fancies by E. Gertrude Thomson. Published posthumously. LCCN: 30000545.

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