The Water-Babies: A Fairy-Tale for Land-Babies

The Water-Babies: A Fairy-Tale for Land-Babies

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The Water-Babies: A Fairy-Tale for Land-Babies

The Water-Babies: A Fairy-Tale for Land-Babies

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To the little people, who, if they read, will be sure to like Kingsley's charming story.

The author of "The Water Babies," Charles Kingsley, was an English clergyman, poet, novelist, and naturalist. He was born in 1819 in Devonshire, went to college at Cambridge, where he took high honors, and, later on, became professor of modern history, canon of Chester and Westminster, and was for thirty-three years rector of Eversley, Hampshire, where he died in 1875.

A man of wide and varied information, and of a chivalrous, knightly character, with fine descriptive powers as a writer, Kingsley wrote on many political and other topics, which won his sympathies as a Christian socialist, such as "Alton Locke" and "Yeast," besides verse, such as his "Andromeda," "The Saint; Tragedy," and many short dramatic lyrics. But it is as an historical novelist, and as a writer of classics for the young, that he is most favorably known and will, no doubt, be best remembered. Here his knowledge of history and gifts of insight, imagination and feeling best serve him, as is seen in his stoties, "Hypatia," a romance of Egypt in the fifth century; "Hereward the Wake"; "Two Years Ago"; and his fine novel, "Westward Ho!" with its stirring picture of English adventure in the days of Queen Elizabeth.

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