Can you believe that this mathematician created one of the world’s most popular children’s book

They listened in astonishment

A shy young mathematician with a stammer stepped into a rowboat with three little girls and another adult to take a trip on the Thames River in England. While riding in the small boat, the young man told the girls a whimsical story to entertain them.

mother reading

They listened to his tale with wide-eyed astonishment and once they arrived onshore again, one of the girls urged him to write the story down.

Forgot about manuscript

Dodgson eventually presented her with a handwritten and illustrated manuscript. Afterwards, he put the story away and forgot about it. Years later a friend came across the manuscript, brushed it off and read it. Dodgson’s friend encouraged his friend to publish it.

Lewis Carroll (Wikipedia)Professor Dodgson – Lewis Carroll (Wikipedia)

Used an assumed name

But Professor Dodgson thought it was not fitting for him, a mathematics professor at Oxford University, to be known as an author of a children’s book so he published it under an assumed name, Lewis Carroll. The work has published in 1855 and has been published in many languages. One of the girls in the boat, Alice Liddell, is believed to be where the name Alice was derived from in the book.

Alice Liddell ( Liddell 1859 (

Surprised at the success

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson was surprised at the the success of Alice and Wonderland. The overwhelming success of the book changed his life in many ways. It was said that Queen Victoria enjoyed the book so much that she commanded that Dodgson dedicate his next book to her. However, this story was denied by Dodgson. Year by year, Alice in Wonderland has grown in popularity and still remains popular today.


RIBBON OF LOVE: 2nd edition – A Novel of Colonial America  by Alabama author Donna R. Causey – based on ancestors of the Cottingham family of Bibb County, Alabama – Inspired by true historical events, Mary and Henry Pattenden flee to America to escape persecution –  It is almost impossible to put the book down until completion. – Dr. Don P. Brandon, Retired Professor, Anderson University

About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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