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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson: A Chronology of His Life

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1832
Born (January 27) at the Parsonage, Daresbury, Cheshire, eldest son and third child of Charles Dodgson, perpetual curate of Daresbury, and Frances Jane née Lutwidge.
1844-45
At Richmond School, Yorkshire.
1846-49
At Rugby School.
1850
Matriculated (May 23) at Christ Church, Oxford, but unable to take up residence as insufficient room for undergraduates at that time.
1851
Undergraduate at Christ Church, Oxford (January 24); Frances Jane [Lutwidge] Dodgson, his mother, dies (January 26).
1852-98
Student of Christ Church (equivalent to a fellowship carrying a small stipend).
1854
B.A., Christ Church, Oxford First Class Honors in Mathematics, Second Class in Classics.
1855
Sub-Librarian of Christ Church Library (February); Bostock Scholarship (May); appointed Master of the House (June); appointed Mathematical Lecturer (August; takes up post in January 1856).
1856
Takes up photography, his main hobby for twenty-five years (May 1).
1857
M.A., Christ Church, Oxford (February 5).
1861
Ordained deacon, Church of England in Christ Church Cathedral (December 22).
1862
Story of Alice’s adventures told to Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boat-trip to Godstow (July 4); manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under-Ground begun soon after.
1865
Publishes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (July) but immediately withdrawn and reissued with improved illustrations (November).
1866
Sheets of the suppressed edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) bound in Oxford and shipped to New York for sale by D. Appleton and Company, with a new title page dated 1866 (before August).
1867
Journeys through Europe to Russia with Henry P. Liddon (July to September).
1868
Father dies (June 21); siblings move to “The Chestnuts,” Guildford (September).
1869
Publishes Phantasmagoria, collection of humorous and serious poetry.
1871
Publishes Through the Looking-Glass (December).
Publishes The Hunting of the Snark (April).
1877
Takes summer lodgings at Eastbourne for first time (July); occupies rooms with the same landlady annually until 1897.
1880
Gives up photography (last photograph taken on July 15).
1881
Takes early retirement from mathematical lectureship.
1882
Curator of Common Room at Christ Church (December).
1885
Publishes A Tangled Tale.
1886
Publishes facsimile of Alice’s Adventures Under-Ground.
1887
Publishes The Game of Logic.
1889
Publishes Sylvie and Bruno.
1890
Publishes The Nursery “Alice.”
1892

Resigns as Curator of Common Room.

1893

Publishes Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.

1896
Publishes Symbolic Logic: Part 1.
1898
Dies at Guildford (January 14) and is buried there. Three Sunsets and Other Poems published posthumously (January).
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