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Charles Kingsley (1819 - 1875) (aka Parson Lot)
Charles Kingsley was a prominent Anglican clerygyman, writer, social reformer, political activist, scientist, Cambridge professor, chaplain to Queen Victoria, private tutor to the future King Edward VII, and canon of Westminster Abbey. His novels were widely read in the Victorian era and helped influence social developments in Britain. He was one of the first churchmen to support Charles Darwin’s theories and to seek a reconciliation between science and Christian doctrine. Kingsley was one of the founders of Christian Socialism and was also associated with “Muscular Christianity” and wrote many articles and pamphlets under the pseudonym Parson Lot. Despite his varied accomplishments, he is now best known as a writer for children, where his reputation rests mainly on The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby, and, to a lesser extent, Westward Ho! and The Heroes; or, Greek Fairy Tales for My Children.
Kingsley's books for young readers have been republished, retold, adapted, and illustrated by numerous authors and artists; excerpts from The Heroes have been published under several titles.
Many of Charles Kingsley’s works have been reprinted by Classic Books (2001) . His manuscript collections are housed at the British Library, Cambridge University Library, and at the Stapleton & Parrish collections, Princeton University.
Books by Charles Kingsley
◊Westward Ho! (1855) – an anti-Catholic adventure set during the Elizabethan era
◊Glaucus; or, The Wonders of the Shore (1855) - nonfictional description of the wonders of the shore
◊The Heroes; or, Greek Fairy Tales for My Children (1855)
◊The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby (1863)
◊Hereward the Wake, "Last of the English" (1866) - historical novel about Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest
◊Madam How and Lady Why; or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children (1870)
◊Letter to a Public School Boy on Betting and Gambling (1871)
◊Letters to Young Men on Betting and Gambling (1877)
◊The Saint's Tragedy; or, The True Story of Elizabeth of Hungary, Landgravine of Thuringia, Saint of the Romish Calendar (1848)
◊Twenty-five Village Sermons (1849)
◊Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet: An Autobiograph, (1850) - novel about the plight of the urban worker
◊Cheap Clothes and Nasty (1850) - written under the pseudonym Parson Lot
◊Yeast: A Problem (1851) – novel about the ills of the rural poor
◊Phaeton; or, Loose Thoughts for Loose Thinkers (1852)
◊Sermons on National Subjects Preached in a Village Church (1852)
◊Hypatia; or, New Foes with an Old Face (1853) – historical novel about 5th century Alexandria
◊Alexandria and Her Schools: Four Lectures Delivered at the Philosophical Institution, Edinburgh (1854)
◊Who Causes Pestilence? Four Sermons, with Preface (1854)
◊Sermons for the Times (1855)
◊Two Years Ago (1857)
◊Andromeda, and Other Poems (1858)
◊The Good News of God: Sermons (1859)
◊The Massacre of the Innocents (1859)
◊The Limits of Exact Science as Applied to History: An Inaugural Lecture, Delivered before the University of Cambridge (1860)
◊New Miscellanies (1860)
◊Town and Country Sermons (1861)
◊Hints to Stammerers, by a Minute Philosopher (1864)
◊The Hermits (1868)
◊Discipline, and Other Sermons (1868)
◊God's Feast: A Sermon (1868)
◊The Two Breaths (1868)
◊At Last: A Christmas in the West Indies (1871)
◊Town Geology (1872)
◊Plays and Puritans, and Other Historical Essays (1873)
WORKS ABOUT CHARLES KINGSLEY:
◊Charles Kingsley: His Letters and Memories of His Life (1877), by Mrs. Kingsley (1877) is a one-sided biography.
◊Canon Charles Kingsley, by Una Pope-Hennessy (1948)
◊The Dust of Combat, by Robert Bernard Martin (1960) is a good introduction to his life and work.
◊The Beast and the Monk: a Life of Charles Kingsley, by Lady Susan Chitty (1975)
◊Charles Kingsley: The Lion of Eversley, by Brenda Colloms (1975)