Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley

Charles Kingsley

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It is strange that there has not been brought into one volume an adequate appreciation of Charles Kingsley and his work. He was a true representative of his age, for by reason of his sympathetic nature he gathered to himself those influences and modes of thought that chiefly characterized the Victorian period. He lived and wrought in a time of transformation of society, and in reacting upon his generation he dealt with problems many of which are still unsettled, though their forms differ somewhat from that of Kingsley's day--the relations of employer and employee, the dole system, Christian Socialism, the home and civilization, the Anglo-Catholic Movement, the harmony of religion and science. Probably no other man of the Victorian period wrought in more varied fields than did Charles Kingsley, who, in serving his own generation, served no one knows how many generations to come.

The purpose of this book is to present an account of the social, economic, and religious problems that Kingsley faced, and an appreciation of his work in meeting those problems, especially as an author.

The writer desires to express his indebtedness to the editors of the Studies for help in editing and proofreading.

STANLEY E. BALDWIN.

HAMILTON, NEW YORK, May, 1933.

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