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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 mostra altro 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) mostra meno
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Opere di Charles Kingsley

Bambini acquatici (1863) 2,939 copie
The Greek Heroes (1856) 952 copie
Westward Ho! (1855) 918 copie
Madam How and Lady Why (1891) 416 copie
Hypatia (1853) 236 copie
Hereward the Wake (1866) 202 copie
Alton Locke (1856) 102 copie
Yeast (1851) 47 copie
Poems (1884) 36 copie
Two Years Ago (1857) 28 copie
At Last (1871) 22 copie
The Roman and the Teuton (1881) 10 copie
Andromeda and other poems (1858) 10 copie
True words for brave men (2009) 9 copie
Town and Country Sermons (2012) 8 copie
Two Years Ago, Volume I (1881) 8 copie
Out of the Deep (1880) 6 copie
The Hermits (1875) 6 copie
David (2012) 5 copie
Daily thoughts (2007) 5 copie
Sermons for the Times (2011) 5 copie
Town Geology (2012) 4 copie
Health and Education (2009) 4 copie
Plays and Puritans (2011) 4 copie
Alton Locke vol. 2 (1898) 4 copie
The Saint's Tragedy (2011) 3 copie
The Good News of God (1887) 3 copie
Westward ho! Vol. II (2013) 3 copie
Song of the river (2012) 3 copie
The Ancien Regime (2007) 3 copie
Phaethon (2012) 2 copie
Hereward the Wake (1970) — Original work — 2 copie
Women and Politics (2011) 2 copie
Westward Ho (1936) 2 copie
Miscellanies 1 copia
Westward ho! — Original novel — 1 copia
Charles Kingsley (2010) 1 copia
The Argonauts 1 copia
Solitude: The Hermits (2020) 1 copia
Theseus 1 copia

Opere correlate

English Poetry, Volume III: From Tennyson to Whitman (1909) — Collaboratore — 618 copie
Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated (1940) — Collaboratore — 385 copie
The Treasure Chest (1932) — Collaboratore — 259 copie
The New Junior Classics Volume 03: Myths and Legends (1938) — Collaboratore — 238 copie
Apologia pro Vita Sua [Norton Critical Edition] (1968) — Collaboratore — 189 copie
The Portable Victorian Reader (1972) — Collaboratore — 177 copie
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships (1940) — Collaboratore — 173 copie
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Collaboratore — 116 copie
Mary Barton [Norton Critical Edition] (2008) — Collaboratore — 69 copie
A Golden Land (1958) — Collaboratore — 42 copie
Dark of the Moon: Poems of Fantasy and the Macabre (1947) — Collaboratore — 26 copie
Open the Door (1965) — Collaboratore — 22 copie
100 Story Poems (1951) — Collaboratore — 21 copie
Poems of Magic and Spells (1960) — Collaboratore — 14 copie
The princess's story book — Collaboratore — 1 copia
The King's Story Book — Collaboratore — 1 copia
The Kingsleys: A Biographical Anthology (1973) — Collaboratore — 1 copia


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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 | 45 altre recensioni | 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 | 45 altre recensioni | Dec 11, 2023 |
Had this read aloud to me and thoroughly enjoyed it.
lschiff | 45 altre recensioni | Sep 24, 2023 |


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