From Sea to Sea / Letters of Marque

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Wildside Press LLC, Mar 1, 2009 - Literary Collections - 204 pages
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Ths volume assembles the bulk of the special correspondence and occasional articles written by Kipling for the "Civil and Military Gazette" and the "Pioneer" between 1887 and 1889.
 

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Contents

LETTERS OF MARQUE
3
Shows how I entered Mazanderan of the Persians and
4
Shows the Charm of Rajputana and of Jeypore the City
10
The Japanese Theatre and the Story of the Thunder
15
Does not in Any Sort describe the Dead City of Amber
18
got to San Francisco and took Tea with the Natives
20
The Temple of Mahadeo and the Manners of Such as
25
V
38
Of the American Army and the City of the Saints
106
The Shops 267
108
XIII
113
met Certain People of Importance between Salt Lake
120
On the Surface 275
121
XIV
124
Across the Great Divide and how the Man Gring showed
130
XV
134

VI
41
A Railway Settlement 249
49
Touching the Children of the Sun and their City and
50
VIII
62
IX
70
X
78
Proves conclusively the Existence of the Dark Tower visited
88
Contains the History of the Bhumia of Jhaswara and
100
struck Chicago and how Chicago struck me
139
XVI
144
found Peace at Musquash on the Monongahela
154
An Interview with Mark Twain
167
Shows that there may be Poetry in a Bank and attempts
168
XIX
180
FROM SEA TO
186

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About the author (2009)

Kipling, who as a novelist dramatized the ambivalence of the British colonial experience, was born of English parents in Bombay and as a child knew Hindustani better than English. He spent an unhappy period of exile from his parents (and the Indian heat) with a harsh aunt in England, followed by the public schooling that inspired his "Stalky" stories. He returned to India at 18 to work on the staff of the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette and rapidly became a prolific writer. His mildly satirical work won him a reputation in England, and he returned there in 1889. Shortly after, his first novel, The Light That Failed (1890) was published, but it was not altogether successful. In the early 1890s, Kipling met and married Caroline Balestier and moved with her to her family's estate in Brattleboro, Vermont. While there he wrote Many Inventions (1893), The Jungle Book (1894-95), and Captains Courageous (1897). He became dissatisfied with life in America, however, and moved back to England, returning to America only when his daughter died of pneumonia. Kipling never again returned to the United States, despite his great popularity there. Short stories form the greater portion of Kipling's work and are of several distinct types. Some of his best are stories of the supernatural, the eerie and unearthly, such as "The Phantom Rickshaw," "The Brushwood Boy," and "They." His tales of gruesome horror include "The Mark of the Beast" and "The Return of Imray." "William the Conqueror" and "The Head of the District" are among his political tales of English rule in India. The "Soldiers Three" group deals with Kipling's three musketeers: an Irishman, a Cockney, and a Yorkshireman. The Anglo-Indian Tales, of social life in Simla, make up the larger part of his first four books. Kipling wrote equally well for children and adults. His best-known children's books are Just So Stories (1902), The Jungle Books (1894-95), and Kim (1901). His short stories, although their understanding of the Indian is often moving, became minor hymns to the glory of Queen Victoria's empire and the civil servants and soldiers who staffed her outposts. Kim, an Irish boy in India who becomes the companion of a Tibetan lama, at length joins the British Secret Service, without, says Wilson, any sense of the betrayal of his friend this actually meant. Nevertheless, Kipling has left a vivid panorama of the India of his day. In 1907, Kipling became England's first Nobel Prize winner in literature and the only nineteenth-century English poet to win the Prize. He won not only on the basis of his short stories, which more closely mirror the ambiguities of the declining Edwardian world than has commonly been recognized, but also on the basis of his tremendous ability as a popular poet. His reputation was first made with Barrack Room Ballads (1892), and in "Recessional" he captured a side of Queen Victoria's final jubilee that no one else dared to address.

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