Talk:Charles Kingsley

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A Farewell[edit]

This poem has the line "Be good, sweet maid, and let who can be clever". But I usualy see it written as "...who will be clever"(italics mine). Was there a revision? Which is right? Since many people still seem to know and quote this, the article could use a definitive statement.


Pretty sure he was born on June 12 _____________

Changed "novels" to "writings" because the first book listed after is "The Heroes" which is not a novel but the three separate stories of Perseus, Jason, and Theseus.

Add external link[edit]

Please add a link to <>, which is editing and publishing all of the correspondence of Charles Darwin. Charles Kingsley was a significant correspondent of Darwin. Eadp 14:22, 20 April 2006 (UTC)

Kingsley and the Black Legend[edit]

Please add a reference to support the claim that Kingsley was guided by the Black Legend.Nesbit 22:39, 3 July 2006 (UTC)

I removed the Black Legend references after discussion with user:Shtove. Unfortunate though, because this material could be the basis for a more balanced portrayal of the author. Perhaps it could be rewritten to rest more directly on references to the novel alone. Nesbit 04:31, 6 July 2006 (UTC)

Economic Schools Template[edit]

Doubtless i am showing my ignorance, and i'll probably regret asking this, but can someone please point out why this template is at the bottom of the page? I can't see any reason for it in the wikticle at all. Cheers, Lindsay 19:58, 3 June 2007 (UTC)

There being no answer, and it being over a month, i'm pulling out the template. Other than the presence of the template, there is no reference to any economic matters, let alone schools of thought, in the wikticle. Cheers, Lindsay 07:07, 12 July 2007 (UTC)

Not nearly enough detail about his writings, surely?![edit]

The bibliography seems to need a lot of fleshing out here... 16:38, 24 June 2007 (UTC)

  • true, there is nothing (at writing) about his political views. m.e. (talk) 06:16, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

Copyright problem removed[edit]

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Gushing description in "Life and character" section[edit]

Text like "...his disposition tender, gentle and loving..." and "...his humour, his wit, his overflowing vitality and boyish fun..." surely has no place in Wikipedia? Will give this a week from today (2010-03-20) for any feedback, but will remove and edit if none by then —Preceding unsigned comment added by Noonand (talkcontribs) 23:39, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

2010-04-05 Relevant sections edited Noonand (talk) 20:36, 5 April 2010 (UTC)


Not to be confused (like with Charles Kingsleigh of Mrjcleaver (talk) 18:11, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

Grave photo[edit]

Grave of Charles Kingsley, St Mary's churchyard.JPG

Here's a photo of Charles Kingsley's grave in the St Mary's churchyard in Eversley. I don't know if it'll come in use in the article. (talk) 18:48, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

attitudes towards the Irish[edit]

I find this para confusing:

Kingsley was highly critical of Roman Catholicism and his argument, in print, with John Henry Newman, accusing him of untruthfulness and deceit, prompted the latter to write his Apologia Pro Vita Sua. He was racist towards the Irish and wrote in a letter to his wife from Ireland, 1860 "I am haunted by the human chimpanzees I saw along that hundred miles of horrible country [Ireland] see white chimpanzees is dreadful; if they were black one would not see it so much, but their skins, except where tanned by exposure, are as white as ours." Kingsley also wrote poetry and political articles, as well as several volumes of sermons.

Which one of them was racist, Kingsley or Newman? (talk) 01:39, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

It was Kingsley who wrote that - I've clarified the sentence. Mind you, he could be quite racist to a whole lot of other peoples too, so it's probably a bit unbalanced for this page to only mention the Irish. Pasicles (talk) 19:49, 23 July 2015 (UTC)