A Diversity of Kipling

On August 12th/13th 2017, for 24 hours, we mounted a 24 hr reading of Kipling’s works, arranged by John Walker, then Chairman of the Society, which was a splendidly successful occasion. A programme of one-hour…

Rudyard Kipling by Andrew Lycett. A paperback edition

Ever since its publication in 1999, Andrew Lycett’s distinguished and deeply researched biography has been a standard work of reference for Kipling scholars and general readers alike. This paperback edition, with a new introduction by…

A battle in Afghanistan

As Charles Carrington recounts (p. 214) in 1894, on holiday in Bermuda, Kipling chanced to meet a sergeant in the Royal Berkshire Regiment who carried him off to the sergeant’s mess. This enabled Kipling…

Kipling’s Forgotten Sister

A collection of previously unpublished writings by Kipling’s sister Trix, by Lorna Lee has been published. Michael Smith describes it as: “…a treasure trove of unpublished writings … and a fascinating collection of facts, memories, and photographs.”…

Barrack-Room Ballads

A paperback edition of Barrack-room Ballads has been published in Signet Classics with an new Introduction and Annotation by Andrew Lycett. (ISBN 0-451-52886-7)

Rudyard Kipling

This week’s quotations

May 13th to 21st

From his three hundred and fifty stories and nine hundred poems Kipling has contributed more familiar quotations to our language than anyone  since Shakespeare. Here’s another group of three for you to identify …

  1. The Mullah sprang to his feet, glaring with withered eyeballs at the drawn death he could not see, and calling down the curses of God and Mahomed on the tribe. Then began a game of blind man’s buff round and between the
    fires…

  2. …It seems to them that they stood through the days and nights slowly sliding a bar backwards and forwards through a white glow that was part of the ship. They remember an intolerable noise in their heads from the walls of
    the stoke-hole, and remember being savagely beaten by men whose eyes seemed
    asleep…

  3. …”Please do something with that fire. They won’t let me play with it, but I can feel it’s behaving badly. Hit it!”
    I looked on either side of the deep fireplace, and found but a half-charred hedge-stake with which I punched a black log into flame…

Here are the sources of these extracts


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