Kent, Charles, 1823-1902

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English journalist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Athenaeum Club, 1884 Apr. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270486358

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to Mr. Hall, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270490900

Charles William Mark Kent (1823-1902), English Catholic author, Liberal newspaper editor and anthologist. His works include Aletheia (1850); The Works of Charles Lamb (1874); Corona Catholica (1880); and The Humour and Pathos of Charles Dickens (1884).

From the description of Charles Kent papers, 1783-1910. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702171204

From the description of Charles Kent papers, 1783-1910. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 77722010

Charles Kent was born in London on Nov. 3, 1823, the eldest son of William Kent, a Roman Catholic naval officer, and Ellen (Baggs) Kent. He was educated at Prior Park, Bath and St. Mary's College, Oscott. In 1845 he became editor of 'The sun', a daily London newspaper. He purchased the newspaper in 1850 and continued as its editor and proprietor until its failure in 1871. From 1874 until 1881 he edited 'The weekly register and Catholic standard'. Kent also studied law and was called to the bar in 1859, but never practiced. His literary friends were numerous and included Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens. Kent contributed to Dickens's 'All the year round' and 'Household words' as well as writing two books on his friend: 'Charles Dickens as a reader' (1872) and 'The humour and pathos of Charles Dickens' (1884). He also selected and edited 'Wellerisms from Pickwick and Master Humphrey's clock' (1886). Among Kent's many other publications were collected editions of Robert Burns, Charles Lamb, Thomas Moore, and Father Prout (Francis Mahony); two volumes of poetry: 'Aletheia' (1850) and 'Dreamland' (1852); and collections of his political writings: 'The Derby ministry' (1858) and 'The Gladstone government' (1869). He and his wife, Ann (Young) Kent, had seven children. Charles Kent died on Feb. 23, 1902 and was buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery of Kensal Green.

William Gladstone (1809-1898) was four-time Prime Minister of Great Britain, 1868-1874, 1880-1885, 1886, and 1892-1894.

Henry Edward Manning (1808-1892) was ordained as a priest in the Church of England in 1833. He was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1851 and ordained priest by Cardinal Wiseman the same year. In 1865 he was appointed Archbishop of Westminster and was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 1875.

John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was a writer, educator, poet and leader in the Oxford Movement. In 1824 he was ordained as a priest in the Church of England. He joined the Roman Catholic Church in 1845, became a priest in 1847, and was made a cardinal in 1879.

Nicholas Wiseman (1802-1865) was ordained to the priesthood in 1826. Upon the restoration of the Roman Catholic diocesan hierarchy in England in 1850, he was made first Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.

From the description of The Charles Kent papers, 1862-1896. (Georgetown University). WorldCat record id: 213074945

Charles William Mark Kent was born in London on November 3, 1823. The eldest son of the Roman Catholic naval officer William Kent, he was educated at Prior Park, Bath and St. Mary's College, Oscott. In 1845 he succeeded William Frederick Deacon as editor of the liberal evening newspaper, The Sun, and in 1850 he purchased it from Murdo Young, whose daughter Ann he married in 1853.

He edited and published the newspaper until its failure in 1871. One of the first dailies to offer book reviews, many of which Kent wrote, The Sun offered frequent leading articles on the political issues of the day, also authored by him. Several of these, including "The Gladstone Government, by A Templar," were published separately under pseudonyms.

During his editorship, Kent also published several literary works, including Aletheia, or, The Doom of Mythology and Other Poems (1850); frequent contributions to Household Words and All the Year Round, both edited by his friend Charles Dickens; a poem welcoming Longfellow to England in 1868; and his collected Poems in 1870. In 1869 Kent attended the preliminary sessions of the Vatican I Ecumenical Council in Rome.

After the failure of The Sun, Kent devoted his time to editing the Weekly Register, a Roman Catholic journal, from 1874-1881, and to producing a series of biographies and editions devoted to English authors. These include The Works of Charles Lamb (1874), containing a memoir of his life with details supplied by the actress Frances Maria Kelly; The Wit and Wisdom of Lord Lytton (1883); The Humour and Pathos of Charles Dickens (1884); and Leigh Hunt as an Essayist (1888). In 1880 he published Corona Catholica, a work containing translations into 50 languages of an epigram on the accession of Leo XIII to the Papacy.

In 1887 Kent received a Civil List Pension, and in his final years contributed several articles to the Dictionary of National Biography. He and his wife had five sons and two daughters; two of the sons predeceased him. He died at his home in Campden Hill on February 23, 1902 and was buried in the Roman Catholic cemetary in Kensal Green.

From the guide to the Charles Kent papers, 1783-1910, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Jerrold, Blanchard, 1826-1884. Autograph letter signed : Paris, to [Charles] Kent, [18--] May 31. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Hall, S. C. (Samuel Carter), 1800-1889. Letters, 1827-1888. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882. William Harrison Ainsworth collection of papers, [1836]-1889. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
creatorOf Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873. Autograph letter signed : Harrogate, to Charles Kent, 1853 Sept. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Kent, Charles, 1823-1902. The Charles Kent papers, 1862-1896. Georgetown University, Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library
creatorOf Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Letters of Charles Dickens, 1837-1869. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Kent, Charles, 1823-1902. Charles Kent papers, 1783-1910. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Jerdan, William, 1782-1869. William Jerdan manuscript material : 6 items, 1832-1867 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Henry F. Cox manuscript material : 1 item, 1878 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859. Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 327 items, 1801-1859 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873,. Autograph letters signed and initialled from E.B. Lytton to various people [manuscript], 1837-1864. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Kent, Charles, 1823-1902,. Autograph letter signed from Charles Kent, The Sun newspaper, London, to Hepworth Dixon, Esq. [manuscript], 1863 July 2. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Hunt, Thornton Leigh, 1810-1873. Letter to Charles Kent. (s.l.) 1869 Nov. 12. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Kent, Charles, 1823-1902. Charles Kent papers, 1783-1910. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Kent, Charles (William Charles Mark), 1823-1902. Autograph letter signed : Athenaeum Club, 1884 Apr. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Jeaffreson, John Cordy, 1831-1901. John Cordy Jeaffreson manuscript material : 1 item, 1882 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Kent, Charles (William Charles Mark), 1823-1902. Autograph letter signed : to Mr. Hall, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873. The genius of Conservatism : manuscript, undated. HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
creatorOf Kent, Charles, 1823-1902. Letters to Leigh Hunt. Kensington, Eng. 1858. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Manning, Henry Edward, 1808-1892. Henry Edward Manning papers, 1826-1901. Flugschriften des Fruhen 16 Jahrhunderts
creatorOf Charles Kent papers, 1783-1910 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882. Letters, 1832-1878. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Kent, Charles, 1823-1902,. Autograph letter signed from Charles Kent, London, to [George Cruikshank] [manuscript], 1857 May 13. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 332 items, 1801-1859 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Sullivan, Arthur, Sir, 1842-1900. Autograph letters signed : 9 Albert Mansions, S.W., [London], to Charles Kent, 1873 Oct. 8 to 1876 Jan. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Warren, Samuel, 1807-1877. Samuel Warren letters to Charles Kent, 1848-1871. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873. Suggestions for biographical sketch : manuscript, [ca. 1852] HCL Technical Services, Harvard College Library
referencedIn William Harrison Ainsworth collection of papers, 1823]-1889 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
creatorOf Lever, Charles James, 1806-1872,. Letters from celebrated authors and other eminent men, 1847-1887. Houghton Library
creatorOf Cox, Henry F. Henry F. Cox manuscript material : 1 item, 1878 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Corelli, Marie, 1855-1924,. Autograph letters signed from Marie Corelli to various recipients [manuscript], 1885-1922. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882. Letter, 1875, August 15, Hurstpierpoint, Eng., to Charles Kent, London. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Frances Maria Kelly, 1800-1883, bulk dates: 1816-1849 The Huntington Library
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Paris (France)
England
Europe
Paris (France)
Great Britain
England
Great Britain
Paris (France)
England--London
Europe
England--London
England
Europe
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Catholics--England
Journalism
Church and the press--Catholic Church
English poetry--19th century
Catholics
Church and the press
Newspaper publishing--England--London
Periodicals--England
Newspaper publishing
Periodicals
Falstaff, John, Sir (Fictitious character)--Manuscripts
Journalism--Great Britain
English literature--19th century
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Death 1902

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