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HENRY KINGSLEY (183o-1876)

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 818 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HENRY KINGSLEY (183o-1876), English novelist, younger brother of Charles Kingsley, was born at Barnack, Northampton-shire, on the 2nd of January 1830. In 1853 he left Oxford, where he was an undergraduate at Worcester College, for the Australian goldfields. This venture, however, was not a success, and after five years he returned to England. He achieved considerable popularity with his Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn (1859), a novel of Australian life. This was the first of a series of novels of which Ravenshoe (1861) and The Hillyars and The Burtons (1865) are the best known. These stories are characterized by much vigour, abundance of incident, and healthy sentiment. He edited for eighteen months the Edinburgh Daily Review, for which he had acted as war correspondent during the Franco-German War. He died at Cuckfield, Sussex, on the 24th of May 1876.
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