The man who became famous as Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898). Dodgson, the third of 11 siblings, grew up in northern England surrounded by his brothers and sisters. Together they put on plays and created family publications like The Rectory Magazine, named for their home in Croft-on-Tees. Dodgson’s father was an Archdeacon in the Church of England and lived in a rectory, or a residence for the parish clergyman.
The Rectory Magazine includes essays, poems, and short stories, as well as hand-drawn and colored illustrations. The sense of humor and parody that appear in much of Carroll’s later work is already evident in The Rectory Magazine, completed when Dodgson was 17 or 18 years old. A printed facsimile edition of The Rectory Magazine was produced in 1975 by the Center and The University of Texas Press: http://catalog.lib.utexas.edu/record=b3142284~S29.
The Rectory Magazine is part of the Charles Lutwidge Dodgson Collection.
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