'Kipling's Auld Lang Syne'

by David Alan Richards


The American edition of Ralph's book

While visiting British troops at the front during the Boer War, Kipling worked for two weeks as a sub-editor and writer for the British Army newspaper The Friend in Bloemfontein, capital of the Orange Free State.

Many of the poems and fables he wrote for the newspaper were first collected in War's Brighter Side (1891, London and New York, Livingston 240 and 241, Stewart 249 and 250) by his fellow editor Julian Ralph, an American reporting for London's Daily Mail.

The book's American edition, published by Appleton's, features Kipling's portrait, flanked by those of A. Conan Doyle and Ralph, on its front cover.