One of the most popular children’s books of the Victorian era (1837-1901) and the first quarter of the twentieth century, Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies: A Fairy-Tale for a Land-Baby also captured the adult imagination with its exploration of natural science and Darwin’s recently-published theories on evolution. Yet, the book’s problematic statements on race and class, along with Kingsley’s patronizing and digressive style, diminished its reputation by the turn of the twenty-first century.
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) first serialized The Water-babies for Macmillan's Magazine, August 1862 - March 1863. It was then published as a …
Citation: Swank, Kris. "The Water Babies". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 April 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8099, accessed 24 October 2021.]