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Charles Kingsley (1819–1875)

Autor(a) de The Water Babies

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About the Author

Charles Kingsley, a clergyman of the Church of England, who late in his life held the chair of history at Cambridge University, wrote mostly didactic historical romances. He put the historical novel to new use, not to teach history, but to illustrate some religious truth. Westward Ho! (1855), his mostrar mais best-known work, is a tale of the Spanish main in the days of Queen Elizabeth I. Hypatia: New Foes with Old Faces (1853) is the story of a pagan girl-philosopher who was torn to pieces by a Christian mob. The story is strongly anti-Roman Catholic.. Hereward the Wake, or The Watchful Hereward the Wake, or The Watchful (1866) is a tale of a Saxon outlaw. The Water-Babies (1863), written for Kingsley's youngest child, "would be a tale for children were it not for the satire directed at the parents of the period," said Andrew Lang. Alton Locke (1850) and Yeast (1851) reflect Kingsley's leadership in "muscular Christianity" and his dramatization of social issues. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Charles Kingsley

The Water Babies (1863) 2,889 exemplares
The Greek Heroes (1856) 928 exemplares
Westward Ho! (1855) 903 exemplares
Madam How and Lady Why (1891) 400 exemplares
Hypatia (1853) 229 exemplares
Hereward the Wake (1866) 191 exemplares
Alton Locke (1856) 102 exemplares
Yeast (1851) 47 exemplares
Poems (1884) 36 exemplares
Two Years Ago (1857) 28 exemplares
At Last (1871) 22 exemplares
Discipline and Other Sermons (1890) 10 exemplares
Andromeda and other poems (1858) 10 exemplares
The Roman and the Teuton (1881) 9 exemplares
True words for brave men (2009) 9 exemplares
The Heroes / The Water Babies (1856) 9 exemplares
Water Babies (A piccolo book) (1973) 8 exemplares
Town and Country Sermons (2012) 8 exemplares
Theseus. A Greek Legend Retold. (1964) 8 exemplares
Two Years Ago (vol. 1) (1881) 7 exemplares
Out of the Deep (1880) 6 exemplares
The Hermits (1875) 6 exemplares
The song of the river 5 exemplares
Prose idylls, new and old (1873) 5 exemplares
The Gospel of the Pentateuch (2012) 5 exemplares
David (2012) 5 exemplares
Sermons for the Times (2011) 5 exemplares
Historical Lectures and Essays (2012) 5 exemplares
Twenty-Five Village Sermons (1849) 5 exemplares
Plays and Puritans (2011) 4 exemplares
Health and Education (2009) 4 exemplares
Sir Walter Raleigh and His Time (2011) 4 exemplares
Town Geology (2012) 4 exemplares
Alton Locke vol. 2 (1898) 4 exemplares
Hereward the Wake (vol 1) (2015) 3 exemplares
The Ancien Regime (2007) 3 exemplares
The Saint's Tragedy (2011) 3 exemplares
Hereward the Wake (vol 2) (2007) 3 exemplares
Daily Thoughts (2007) 3 exemplares
The Good News of God (1887) 3 exemplares
Song of the river (2012) 3 exemplares
Westward ho! Vol. II (2013) 3 exemplares
Froude's History of England (2004) 3 exemplares
Hereward the Wake (1970) — Original work — 2 exemplares
Phaethon (2012) 2 exemplares
Hereward's Last Fight 2 exemplares
Electric Machinery, 7th edition (2013) 2 exemplares
Women and Politics (2011) 2 exemplares
Westward Ho (1936) 2 exemplares
Two Years Ago, Volume II. (2012) 2 exemplares
Sermons on National Subjects (2012) 2 exemplares
Miscellanies 1 exemplar
The Sands of Dee 1 exemplar
Daily thoughts 1 exemplar
Westward ho! — Original novel — 1 exemplar
WestwardHo! 1 exemplar
"Young And Old" 1 exemplar
Charles Kingsley (2010) 1 exemplar
Sermons to Dispel Anxiety (2006) 1 exemplar
Village Sermons 1 exemplar
The Heroes # 10 1 exemplar
Solitude: The Hermits (2020) 1 exemplar
The Argonauts 1 exemplar
Theseus 1 exemplar

Associated Works

English Poetry, Volume III: From Tennyson to Whitman (1909) — Contribuidor — 605 exemplares
Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated (1940) — Contribuidor — 383 exemplares
The Treasure Chest (1932) — Contribuidor — 256 exemplares
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 4th Edition, Volume 2 (1979) — Contribuidor — 249 exemplares
The New Junior Classics Volume 03: Myths and Legends (1938) — Contribuidor — 235 exemplares
Apologia pro Vita Sua [Norton Critical Edition] (1968) — Contribuidor — 183 exemplares
The Portable Victorian Reader (1972) — Contribuidor — 176 exemplares
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships (1940) — Contribuidor — 169 exemplares
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
Best in Children's Books 30 (1960) 89 exemplares
Mary Barton [Norton Critical Edition] (2008) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
The Junior Classics Volume 07: Stories of Courage and Heroism (1912) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
A Golden Land (1958) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (1947) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Open the Door (1965) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Poems of Magic and Spells (1960) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
The King's Story Book — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The princess's story book — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar
The Kingsleys: A Biographical Anthology (1973) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


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Simon Vance did a fabulous job narrating this dear classic. I had to pick this up after reading Mother Carey's Chickens with my book group. A very old fashioned morality tale. I was a little startled to have an otter be evil and whales to be bad guys. Interesting how these animals have come to be more friendly and acceptable. I enjoyed it.
njcur | 44 outras críticas | Jan 16, 2024 |
Words cannot express the depths of my loathing for this story. The only redeeming thing about this particular volume is that it has lovely painted illustrations by Jessie Willcox Smith (but the drawings on every page rarely match the story). The fantasy/political commentary that Lewis Carroll perfected so beautifully 10 years later is a disaster of disjointed obnoxiousness in Kingsley. He is the king of the run-on sentence. His story-telling reminds me of a six year old little boy on a fast-moving train describing everything he sees without pausing for breath. For 400 miles.

Besides the fact that it's just a horribly-written piece of mind-numbing blathering, it angered me in other ways. Kingsley was a preacher but he obviously thought he was too smart for his Bible. The story is very pro-evolution ("water is the mother of all living things"). In fact, the story gives us a good look at how the theory of evolution caused the church to fall away. Kingsley is writing to families and at least two generations grew up influenced by this popular book until its racist bits moved it, rightfully so, to the back of the classic literature shelf. It's funny (in a sad way) how ignorant "learned" people can sound talking about science contrary to reason.

One thing, ONE, actually intrigued me: the reference to the Cheshire Cat. I thought this was a creation of Carroll's, but it's not even a creation of Kingsley's. In fact, "grinning like a Cheshire Cat" had been a popular phrase for awhile and is believed to have it's roots in an 18th century cheese brand who used a smiling cat as its logo.

To top it all off, biographical research tells me he insulted Nathaniel Hawthorne. That's an immediate dismissal from me. He and Mark Twain (who insulted Jane Austen) can go pick their arrogant noses in a corner somewhere and let the masters remain.

I suppose if there's anything positive to be said on the story it's that Kingsley takes the side of the underdog in many conversations on social injustice. Many of the Water-Babies are like Tom---neglected and orphaned children who are given a better (after)life. But why would a Christian preacher mention Heaven and the Lord? Oh no...Kingsley brings them back to the primordial soup from which they began.

At least I crossed another book off my 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list. However, I think I could have died happily not wasting my time on this drivel.
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classyhomemaker | 44 outras críticas | Dec 11, 2023 |
Had this read aloud to me and thoroughly enjoyed it.
lschiff | Sep 24, 2023 |



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