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Kingsley, Mary Henrietta 1862-1900

Overview
Works: 153 works in 554 publications in 6 languages and 13,943 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Folklore  Personal narratives  Travel writing  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Correspondent, Honoree, Other
Classifications: DT471, 916.6
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Travels in West Africa: Congo français, Corisco and Cameroons by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

119 editions published between 1897 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 996 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1893, Mary Kingsley went alone to West Africa. She traveled to remote areas crawling with cannibal tribes, some of which had never been visited by a white man, much less a white woman. Some would say surprisingly, she lived to come home and documented what she learned and experienced in this fascinating book. While a long read, Kingsley's quaint sense of humor makes the dry parts bearable. Her views on African problems and issues at the time are both sensible and logical to the modern reader; she never falls into the trap of basing her opinions on prejudice. This is evidenced by the fact that she esteems the most feared cannibal tribe, the Fans, as her preferred hosts and traveling companions. Kingsley is at her best when writing in travel journal style. The rest of the book that is not travel narrative are her thoughts and research on West African "fetish". Fetish seems to be her word for the religious and traditional customs of the natives, and it is her particular interest. This fetish talk is interesting in some parts, especially when she is talking about her favorites, the Fans. But it gets tedious toward the end. In the Preface she notes that this book was originally published in a much longer version that had since been cut down. She probably should have cut more. It also would have made sense to put the meatier chapters on fetish at the beginning to give the reader a suitable introduction to her interests and the tribes with which she comes in contact. See the bottom of this post for recommendations on which chapters to focus on and in which order to read them. As a historical piece, Travels in West Africa is a must-read for anyone remotely interested in the history of West Africa, particularly at this period of encroaching European influence. As a travel book, it is amazing for the fact that this woman did what she did. I have read a little history on Mary Kingsley and found that she was initially driven to West Africa with not only curiosity but also suicidal tendencies. Several members of her family had just died, and she felt little sympathy with the conservative, late Victorian English society that surrounded her. So she fled abroad, knowing full well that the majority of white men who went to West Africa succumbed to fever or other maladies. It turned out that West Africa treated her well, and she went on to travel for several more years. She eventually succumbed to typhoid in South Africa in 1900
West African studies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

52 editions published between 1899 and 2013 in English and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Kingsley (1862-1900) is one of the best known Victorian women travellers, whose solo adventures in West Africa made her a celebrity in England. This, her second book, published in 1899, was an instant best-seller. She travelled extensively, engaging in trade both to fund her trip and to get to know the African people, rather than merely observing as an outsider. Some of her views were considered controversial - she opposed the attempts by missionaries to impose European culture on native people, and defended polygamy and even slavery. She opposed direct colonial rule, and wanted Africans to have more self-determination. Her observations and interests are wide-ranging, and she showed an acute and sympathetic understanding of West African culture and society. For more information on this author, see http://orlando.cambridge.org/public/svPeople?person_id=kingma
The story of West Africa by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

14 editions published between 1899 and 1900 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes on sport and travel by G. H Kingsley( Book )

7 editions published between 1900 and 2015 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The right sort of woman : victorian travel writers and the fitness of an empire by Precious McKenzie( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rhetoric surrounding Empire, freedom, and adventure are nowhere more striking than in nineteenth-century British women's travel writing. The Right Sort of Woman charts the progression of British feminism in relationship to exploration of the Empire. Precious McKenzie introduces us to the lesser known writings of Florence Douglas Dixie, Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond, and Isabel Savory, and also revisits the more widely read travel texts of Isabella Bird Bishop and Mary Kingsley. Their travel writings explore the hotly debated Victorian ideologies of femininity, equality, and fitness. McKenzie contends that British women travel writers found opportunities for freedom when traveling abroad. Women travelers could participate in what were traditionally men's sports: hunting, riding, canoeing, shooting, mountaineering when far away from strict Victorian social codes of behavior. Because of their athletic pursuits while abroad, British women travelers found their health improved as did their self-reliance and self-confidence. McKenzie considers how sports shaped the British feminist movement and then became integral to the revolutionary image of the New Woman
Une Odyssée africaine : une exploratrice victorienne chez les mangeurs d'hommes (1893-1895) by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

4 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in French and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An industrial day nursery; the personnel manager's guide by Roger Kingsley( Book )

2 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Kingsley in Africa; her travels in Nigeria and Equatorial Africa, told largely in her own words by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

2 editions published in 1956 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sabrina by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

2 editions published between 1989 and 1993 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An intriguing affair by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ascent of Cameroons Peak and travels in French Congo by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

10 editions published in 1896 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Notes on the folklore of the Fjort (French Congo) by R. E Dennett( Book )

7 editions published between 1897 and 1967 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die grünen Mauern meiner Flüsse : Aufzeichnungen aus Westafrika by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

2 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in German and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

West African studies : With a new introd. by John E. Flint by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

4 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life of Mary Kingsley by Stephen Lucius Gwynn( Book )

5 editions published between 1932 and 1940 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cautiva de África by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in Spanish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

West African atudies by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Kingsley, her travels in Nigeria and Equatorial Africa by Mary Henrietta Kingsley( Book )

2 editions published in 1956 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Kingsley by Cecil Howard( Book )

3 editions published in 1957 in English and Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Katzen von Sansibar zählen : das Leben e. ungewöhnl. Frau by Kurt Lütgen( Book )

1 edition published in 1962 in German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Travels in West Africa: Congo français, Corisco and Cameroons
Alternative Names
Kingsley, M. H. 1862-1900

Kingsley, Mary.

Kingsley Mary 1862-1900

Kingsley, Mary H.

Kingsley, Mary H. 1862-1900

Kingsley, Mary H. (Mary Henrietta), 1862-1900

Kingsley, Mary Henrietta

Kingsley, Mary Henrietta 1862-1900

Mary Henrietta Kingsleyová

Mary Kingsley anglická spisovatelka

Mary Kingsley Brits ontdekkingsreiziger (1862-1900)

Mary Kingsley Brits ontdekkingsreizigster (1862-1900)

Mary Kingsley englische Forschungsreisende in Afrika und Autorin

Mary Kingsley scrittrice e etnologa inglese

Meri Kingsli

Кингсли, Мэри

Мери Кингсли

Мэри Кингсли

מרי קינגסלי

מרי קינגסלי סופרת בריטית

ماري كينغسلي

مری کینگزلی

მერი კინგზლი

キングズリ, メアリ

メアリー・キングズレー

瑪麗·金斯利

Languages
English (350)

German (12)

French (5)

Spanish (5)

Dutch (2)

Polish (1)

Covers
A voyager out : the life of Mary KingsleyTravels in West Africa: Congo français, Corisco and CameroonsHello to the cannibals : a novelSolitary travelers : nineteenth-century women's travel narratives and the scientific vocationTravel, gender, and imperialism : Mary Kingsley and West AfricaMary Kingsley : imperial adventuressMary Kingsley : explorer of the Congo