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Charles Kingsley (1819–1875)

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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre
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Værker af Charles Kingsley

The Water Babies (1863) 2,887 eksemplarer
The Greek Heroes (1856) 929 eksemplarer
Westward Ho! (1855) 903 eksemplarer
Madam How and Lady Why (1891) 403 eksemplarer
Hypatia (1853) 229 eksemplarer
Hereward the Wake (1866) 198 eksemplarer
Alton Locke (1856) 102 eksemplarer
Yeast (1851) 47 eksemplarer
Poems (1884) 36 eksemplarer
Two Years Ago (1857) 28 eksemplarer
At Last (1871) 22 eksemplarer
Discipline and Other Sermons (1890) 10 eksemplarer
Andromeda and other poems (1858) 10 eksemplarer
The Roman and the Teuton (1881) 9 eksemplarer
True words for brave men (2009) 9 eksemplarer
The Heroes / The Water Babies (1856) 9 eksemplarer
Water Babies (A piccolo book) (1973) 8 eksemplarer
Town and Country Sermons (2012) 8 eksemplarer
Theseus. A Greek Legend Retold. (1964) 8 eksemplarer
Two Years Ago, Volume I (1881) 8 eksemplarer
Out of the Deep (1880) 6 eksemplarer
The Hermits (1875) 6 eksemplarer
The song of the river 5 eksemplarer
Prose idylls, new and old (1873) 5 eksemplarer
The Gospel of the Pentateuch (2012) 5 eksemplarer
David (2012) 5 eksemplarer
Madam How and Lady Why 5 eksemplarer
Historical Lectures and Essays (2012) 5 eksemplarer
Sermons for the Times (2011) 5 eksemplarer
Twenty-Five Village Sermons (1849) 5 eksemplarer
Plays and Puritans (2011) 4 eksemplarer
All Saints' Day and Other Sermons (2011) 4 eksemplarer
Sir Walter Raleigh and His Time (2011) 4 eksemplarer
Town Geology (2012) 4 eksemplarer
Alton Locke vol. 2 (1898) 4 eksemplarer
Health and Education (2009) 4 eksemplarer
The Ancien Regime (2007) 3 eksemplarer
The Heroes illustrated 3 eksemplarer
Hereward the Wake (vol 2) (2007) 3 eksemplarer
Song of the river (2012) 3 eksemplarer
Froude's History of England (2004) 3 eksemplarer
Westward ho! Vol. II (2013) 3 eksemplarer
The Good News of God (1887) 3 eksemplarer
Daily Thoughts (2007) 3 eksemplarer
The Saint's Tragedy (2011) 3 eksemplarer
Phaethon (2012) 2 eksemplarer
Hereward the Wake (1970) — Original work — 2 eksemplarer
Hereward's Last Fight 2 eksemplarer
Women and Politics (2011) 2 eksemplarer
Westward Ho (1936) 2 eksemplarer
Two Years Ago, Volume II. (2012) 2 eksemplarer
Electric Machinery, 7th edition (2013) 2 eksemplarer
Sermons on National Subjects (2012) 2 eksemplarer
Westward ho! — Original novel — 1 eksemplar
Miscellanies 1 eksemplar
Daily thoughts 1 eksemplar
The Sands of Dee 1 eksemplar
WestwardHo! 1 eksemplar
"Young And Old" 1 eksemplar
Sermons to Dispel Anxiety (2006) 1 eksemplar
Village Sermons 1 eksemplar
Charles Kingsley (2010) 1 eksemplar
Poems - Two Volumes 1 eksemplar
Solitude: The Hermits (2020) 1 eksemplar
The Heroes # 10 1 eksemplar
History of New York 1 eksemplar
The Argonauts 1 eksemplar
Theseus 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

English Poetry, Volume III: From Tennyson to Whitman (1909) — Bidragyder — 605 eksemplarer
Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated (1940) — Bidragyder — 383 eksemplarer
The Treasure Chest (1932) — Bidragyder — 256 eksemplarer
The New Junior Classics Volume 03: Myths and Legends (1938) — Bidragyder — 235 eksemplarer
Apologia pro Vita Sua [Norton Critical Edition] (1968) — Bidragyder — 184 eksemplarer
The Portable Victorian Reader (1972) — Bidragyder — 176 eksemplarer
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships (1940) — Bidragyder — 169 eksemplarer
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Bidragyder — 113 eksemplarer
Best in Children's Books 30 (1960) 89 eksemplarer
Mary Barton [Norton Critical Edition] (2008) — Bidragyder — 68 eksemplarer
The Junior Classics Volume 07: Stories of Courage and Heroism (1912) — Bidragyder — 51 eksemplarer
A Golden Land (1958) — Bidragyder — 41 eksemplarer
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (1947) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Open the Door (1965) — Bidragyder — 22 eksemplarer
Poems of Magic and Spells (1960) — Bidragyder — 14 eksemplarer
The King's Story Book — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
The princess's story book — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar
The Kingsleys: A Biographical Anthology (1973) — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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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 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | Dec 11, 2023 |
Had this read aloud to me and thoroughly enjoyed it.
lschiff | Sep 24, 2023 |



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