2nd December 2013
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) was an influential Victorian writer who studied with Coleridge at Cambridge and later became a Anglican minister. Kingsley wrote many books with themes that were sympathetic to the plight of poor people in Britain and he was a social reformer who, through his many books, influenced William Morris.
As a result of his many influential writings, Kingsley was appointed Professor of Modern History at Cambridge. Today he is usually remembered for his highly successful novel The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby. The novel considered the problem of children being used as chimney sweeps and originally appeared in serial form in Macmillan’s Magazine in 1862. It was published as a single volume the following year.