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The Water-Babies

The Water-Babies

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Overview

Among the most popular children’s books of the Victorian period, The Water-Babies continues to delight readers of all ages. It tells the story of a young boy named Tom, who escapes his harsh life as a chimney sweep by being transformed into a “water-baby.” His adventures underwater introduce him to strange animals, gentle fairies, and exotic seascapes, and Kingsley frequently digresses from the mythical narrative with his commentary on political and scientific topics. Many of Linley Sambourne’s remarkable illustrations from the 1886 edition are included in the text of the novel.

This Broadview edition reproduces the first edition of The Water-Babies, published in 1863. The appendices include a broad selection of other 19th-century children’s literature and excerpts from Kingsley’s essays on evolution, hygiene, and education.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421851266
Publisher: 1st World Publishing
Publication date: 07/23/2013
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 7 Years

About the Author

Richard Kelly is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He is the editor of the Broadview Editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Charles Kingsley: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Water-Babies

Appendix A: William Blake, “The Chimney Sweeper” from Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience (1789, 1794)

Appendix B: Matthew Arnold, “The Forsaken Merman” from The Strayed Reveller and Other Poems (1849)

Appendix C: From Heinrich Hoffman, Struwwelpeter (1845)

Appendix D: From Lewis Carroll, “The Mock-Turtle’s Story” in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

Appendix E: From Margaret Gatty, “Whereunto?” Parables From Nature (1861)

Appendix F: From Maria Susanna Cummins, The Lamplighter (1854)

Appendix G: From Samuel G. Goodrich, Peter Parley’s Method of Telling About Geography to Children (1831)

Appendix H: Reflections of Charles Kingsley on Nature and Sanitation

  1. From Charles Kingsley, Glaucus; or,The Wonders of the Shore (1855)
  2. From Charles Kingsley, Madame How and Lady Why or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children (1870)
  3. From Charles Kingsley, “Air-Mothers,” in Sanitary and Social Lectures and Essays (1880)
  4. From Letter XII

Appendix I: Joseph Noel Paton’s Illustrations for the First Edition of The Water-Babies (1863)

Appendix J: Reviews of The Water-Babies

  1. The Anthropological Review (November 1863)
  2. New York Times (25 December 1863)
  3. The Times (26 January 1864)
  4. The Times (12 December 1885)

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