Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) led quite a wild life at university but, in 1842, he followed in his father's footsteps and was ordained as a priest. He was a Christian Socialist and spent his life campaigning for such things as better education for girls and improving the living conditions of the working class. In the inflexible Victorian society, Kingsley was soon branded a radical. During these 'out of favor' years, he was a devoted priest in Hampshire and put his beliefs into practice. His work as a parish priest and his lecture tours as a Christian Socialist always came first, leaving his writing to take second place. His patriotic attitude toward the Crimean War (1854—56), made him acceptable in society again and he became Chaplain to Queen Victoria. Later, royal influence led to his appointment as a Professor of History at Cambridge University.

As was common among Victorian writers, Kingsley often used his writing to give a social message. What made him different and special was his ability to tell good stories and to write them with real skill, taking them above the level of social tracts. The Water Babies is still his best known title, but he wrote other excellent stories, including Westward Ho!

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ECL #10: The Heroes
Educator Classic Library #10
by Charles Kingsley
Complete and Unabridged Edition from Classic Press
Action/Adventure for 7th-10th grade
in Educator's Classic Library (Location: FIC-ECL)
Heroes
by Charles Kingsley
from Yesterday's Classics
for 4th-7th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$10.95
Madam How and Lady Why
by Charles Kingsley
from Yesterday's Classics
for 4th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: FIC-YC)
$12.95
Madam How and Lady Why
by Charles Kingsley
from Living Book Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Nature Study (Location: NAT-GEN)
$8.96
Water Babies
Puffin Classics
by Charles Kingsley
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Water Babies (abridged)
Puffin Classics
by Charles Kingsley
from Puffin Books
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Water-Babies
Books of Wonder
by Charles Kingsley (illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith)
from William Morrow & Company
for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$11.90 (1 in stock)
Westward Ho!
by Charles Kingsley
from Robinson Publishing
for 7th-12th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$4.25 (1 in stock)
Westward Ho!
by Charles Kingsley
from Beautiful Feet Books
Historical Fiction for 9th-Adult
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Westward Ho!
Scribner Illustrated Classics
by Charles Kingsley, with illustrations by N.C. Wyeth
from Charles Scribner's Sons
for 7th-12th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Westward Ho!
Scribner Illustrated Classics
by Charles Kingsley, with illustrations by N.C. Wyeth
First Edition from Charles Scribner's Sons
for 7th-12th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)