Collected Stories

Collected Stories

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As a young writer living in Lahore during the time of the British Raj, Rudyard Kipling (1865#65533;-1936) was possessed by an enormous subject--India--and his genius for rendering its beauty and strangeness was even then so fully formed that we have to look to the likes of Shakespeare and Dickens to find writers equally precocious. What is even more astonishing, and what this selection of stories from across his entire career reveals, is the way that his talent grew and developed over time. The work he did toward the end of his long writing life is even better than that which marked its splendid beginnings.

The forty stories collected here range across a surprising variety of subjects and techniques. Here are his superb war stories, "Mary Postgate," "The Gardener," and "The Drums of the Fore and Aft," as well as his famous forays into horror in "The Mark of the Beast," science fiction in "With the Night Mail," and the ghost story in "The House Surgeon." "The Man Who Would Be King" is an unforgettable adventure tale, "'Love-o'-Women'" and "Without Benefit of Clergy" reveal his insight into love and passion, and "Baa Baa, Black Sheep" is a searing revisiting of Kipling's childhood trauma. From the nightmarish allegory of "The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes" and the mystical visions in "The Bridge-Builders" to the brilliant portrait of obsession and sacrifice in his masterpiece, "The Wish House," these stories showcase Kipling's remarkable narrative gifts.

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, c1994.
ISBN: 9780679435921
0679435921
Branch Call Number: KIPL
Characteristics: xxxvii, 911 p. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gottlieb, Robert

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EmilyEm
May 22, 2011

Anyone who reads and loves Jane Austen has heard of Kipling's story ?The Janeites' about the WWI soldiers with their secret Jane society. I'd read references to the story and phrases like ?Tilneys and trapdoors', but never read the entire story until now. A must for one's complete Jane Austen education!

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kalio
Mar 29, 2011

Rudyard Kipling?s 1922 ?The Janeites? is one of the first stories to mention Jane Austen as a member of the literary canon, as an author one is expected to know and love. In the story, a simple-minded ex-soldier recounts how, thanks to Jane, he survived World War I. Humberstall is wounded and reassigned to the position of assistant mess waiter. While he?s working, he notices the senior mess waiter conversing on equal terms with military officers. The subject, of course, is Jane Austen. Humberstall has never heard of this ?Jane woman,? but he can tell that a passion for her is something akin to being a member of a secret society. Soon Humberstall is escaping the horrors of war by learning the meaning of ?Tilney,? naming artillery after other characters, and gossiping about whether Jane ever got married. Humberstall tells his own story so Kipling writes in a lower-class British dialect; it?s charming (once you get used to it) and Austen fans will get a kick out of Humberstall?s crash-course in all things Austen?including figuring out what a ?Tilney? is and learning how to spell ?Lady Catherine De Bugg.?

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