There has long been a lively academic interest in the Victorian author, Christian Socialist and Church of England priest Charles Kingsley. Yet it is only as a minor author that he takes his place in English Literature. As a thinker he is hardly influential today, and as a consequence his works are little read by the general public. Apart from his children’s book The Water-Babies, few of his published works are still in print. But what were the assessments of his importance in the weeks following his death? What did his contemporaries think of a man who during his life was a most influential, and often very controversial, public figure? This essay looks at the reactions in the obituaries that appeared all over the world in the first weeks following Kingsley’s death. These publications are a measure of what people in 1875 thought were his best works and his main qualities, thus revealing to what extent, at the time of his demise, his contemporaries still thought him representative of their generation.

Reporting the Death of Charles Kingsley: The Early Biographical Reaction in Newspapers and Magazines

Jan Marten Ivo Klaver
2018-01-01

Abstract

There has long been a lively academic interest in the Victorian author, Christian Socialist and Church of England priest Charles Kingsley. Yet it is only as a minor author that he takes his place in English Literature. As a thinker he is hardly influential today, and as a consequence his works are little read by the general public. Apart from his children’s book The Water-Babies, few of his published works are still in print. But what were the assessments of his importance in the weeks following his death? What did his contemporaries think of a man who during his life was a most influential, and often very controversial, public figure? This essay looks at the reactions in the obituaries that appeared all over the world in the first weeks following Kingsley’s death. These publications are a measure of what people in 1875 thought were his best works and his main qualities, thus revealing to what extent, at the time of his demise, his contemporaries still thought him representative of their generation.
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