The majority of these notes have been drawn from Kipling’s America: Travel Letters, 1889-1895, edited by Prof D.H. Stewart (2003, ELT Press, English Department, University of North Carolina) to whom we offer our grateful thanks.
This work is Number Seventeen: 1880-1920 British Author Series by ELT produced under the General Editorship of Prof R. Langenfeld.
The Notes have been collated by David Page
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TELLS HOW THE PROFESSOR AND I FOUND THE PRECIOUS REDICULOUSES AND HOW THEY CHAUTAUQUACKED AT US. PUTS INTO PRINT SOME SENTIMENTS BETTER LEFT UNRECORDED, AND PROVES THAT A NEGLECTED THEORY WILL BLOSSOM IN CONGENIAL SOIL. CONTAINS FRAGMENTS OF THREE LECTURES AND A CONFESSION.When collected in both editions of Abaft the Funnel, the single word title was used with the original title reprinted as a sub-text, and the phrase ‘HOW THEY CHAUTAUQUACKED’ replaced with ‘HOW THEY CHAUTAUQUAED’.
“pities you for having to associate with ‘heathen’ and ‘idolaters’—Sikh Sirdar of the north, if you please, Mahommedan gentlemen and the simple-minded Jat of the Punjab—what can you do?”After being accommodated for one night in rooms of miniscule proportions, they finally escape from the Institution and Kipling stops over in the nice hotel in Lakewood where he begins to write the article. He sums up his conclusion in the last three sentences:
“I don’t like Chautauqua. There’s something wrong with it, and I haven’t time to find out where. But it is wrong.”Background