he is less known for his abilities as a mathematician, logician, Anglican and photographer. he was a rumored opium addict, and that Alice in Wonderland was written because one of his "trips" was so fantastically real to him.
it was also noted that he was an epileptic, and that a standard domestic painkiller of the time, laudanum (derived from the same poppies used to produce opium), helped ease the seizures.
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing-wax --
Of cabbages -- and kings --
And why the sea is boiling hot --
And whether pigs have wings."
--A poem by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, in comparison with one by Thomas Hood:
"And how the sprites of injured men
Shriek upward from the sod. --
Ay, how the ghostly hand will point
To show the burial clod:
And unknown facts of guilty acts
Are seen in dreams from God!"