Charles Lutwidge Dodgson used the pen name Lewis Carroll when he wrote and published his famous fantasy children’s story, Alice in Wonderland. Carroll may have been inspired by the young daughter of family friends; a child named Alice. Carroll was an odd figure. He was a brilliant student of mathematics and linguistics, but he was childlike, shy, and quite possibly, a pedophile.
Lewis Carroll's photograph of then-seven-year-old Alice Liddell, circa 1860. (van.ac.uk)
One of Carroll’s hobbies was photography and among his favorite subjects were young girls. He was delighted to make the acquaintance of the Liddell family at Oxford. There were ten children in the Liddell family, including three young girls, Lorina, Edith, and Alice. Was Alice Liddell the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland? Although some scholars say no, it is quite likely that his unorthodox relationship with the young Alice inspired him to write Alice in Wonderland.