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The Water-Babies

by Kingsley, Charles

Condition: Very Good


Houghton Mifflin, 1915; illustrations by W.Heath Robinson; all plates present; octavo, 319 pp; tight binding, internally clean and unmarked. Hard Cover. Very Good.

The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby is a children's novel by the Reverend Charles Kingsley. Written in 1862-1863 as a serial for Macmillan's Magazine, it was first published in its entirety in 1863. The book was extremely popular during its day, and was a mainstay of children's literature through the 1920s,  but eventually fell out of favor in part due to its prejudices against Irish, Jews, Catholics, blacks, Americans, and the poor. In the style of Victorian-era novels, The Water-Babies is a didactic moral fable about a young chimney sweep, Tom, who falls into a river and becomes a 'water-baby,' guided by moral teachers through lessons and adventures, eventually earning the right to become human again and being united with an upper-class girl Ellie who had also become a 'water-baby.' Read more: Identifying first editions of The Water-Babies




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