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Happy Birthday Lewis Carroll, from Bigelow Tea!

“Take some more tea,” would be the best way to celebrate the anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s birthday, born January 27, 1832. After all, those were the famous words the March Hare spoke to Alice “very earnestly” in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland during what is probably the most famous, certainly the maddest tea party ever.

Image Courtesy of Alice Magazine

Image Courtesy of Alice Magazine

For more on that never-ending tea party, including clips of several movies that were made about the story, see here. The best-selling book about Alice launched the writing career of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who wrote under the pen name of Lewis Carroll. Prior to that, the tall, brilliant but quirky Englishman was an accomplished but relatively obscure instructor at Oxford University.

In addition to being a major literary figure of his day, Dodgson was one of the world’s first noted photographers, a master mathematician, an expert gamesman and a clever humorist.


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Dodgson must have been powered by some strong tea!  He was an ordained deacon residing at Oxford until his death at the age of 65. People still read his works and research his life, many aspects of which remain mysteries. There are many Lewis Carroll Societies around the world.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been translated and distributed to more than 80 countries, and Carroll is one of the most quoted authors in the English language. One reason he is so beloved is his association with one of the world’s most popular beverage: tea. Therefore, let’s end with one of his most famous tea quotations:

“Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.”

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