Rewards and Fairies

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Wordsworth Editions, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 338 pages
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Rewards and Fairies is a collection of stories and a sequel to Puck of Pook's Hill and, as Kipling wrote, 'The tales had to be read by children, before people realised they were meant for grown-ups'.Through the agency of Puck, two children - Dan and Una - meet a glittering array of historical characters from flint and iron age tribes to 'Good Queen Bess' and Sir Francis Drake. Other tales include stories of England following the Norman Conquest and the Europe of Napoleon and Talleyrand. Rewards and Fairies includes two of Kipling's best-loved and most quoted poems: The Way Through the Woods and If-.
 

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Whither wander you, spirit?: If anyone walks up to you today and complains loudly in your face about the recent rise of the "sequel" in popularity, stuff a copy of "Rewards and Fairies" in their face ... Read full review

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This and Puck of Pook's Hill are two of my all-time favorite books, and probably contribiuted to my being a scholar of English history. As an adult, I can see occasional biases and inaccuracies, but the stories are still wonderfully vivid depictions of historical figures as real people. Read full review

Contents

A Charm
9
COLD IRON
15
Cold Iron
31
GLORIANA
37
The LookingGlass
51
THE WRONG THING
57
King Henry VII and the Shipwrights
73
The Way Through the Woods
79
Philadelphia
125
A St Helena Lullaby
149
Poor Honest Men
173
THE CONVERSION OF ST WILFRID
181
Song of the Red WarBoat 106
196
A DOCTOR OF MEDICINE
203
Our Fathers of Old
217
SIMPLE SIMON
223

Brookland Road
99
THE KNIFE AND THE NAKED CHALK
105
Song of the Men V Side
121
Trade
239
THE TREE OF JUSTICE
247
A Carol
265

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About the author (1995)

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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