Language & Literature
Academic and writer Robert Douglas-Fairhurst introduces a new edition of Charles Kingsley’s children’s fantasy, The Water-Babies, to mark the 150th anniversary of its first publication. The work is both one of the strangest and most powerful children’s books ever published. Douglas-Fairhurst explores the genesis and context of Kingsley’s tale, including its linguistic oddities and multiple genres, its delight in nature and scientific discovery, and its romance and mythic symbolism.
Douglas-Fairhurst is a fellow and tutor in English at Magdalen College, Oxford. He co-edited and wrote an introduction to the new edition of The Water-Babies. His Becoming Dickens won the Duff Cooper Prize.