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…

Kipling and War From ‘Tommy’ to ‘My Boy Jack’

An anthology by Andrew Lycett. Although Rudyard Kipling never fought, he was one of Britain’s foremost observers of and commentators on war. Through his writing, the voices of countless soldiers and the guns of many…

Kipling and the Sea Voyages and Discoveries

Kipling wrote copiously about his own voyages – to India, across the Pacific and Atlantic, down to South Africa and Australia – and about the voyages of others. Sailors were particular heroes of his, as…

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A collection of previously unpublished writings by Kipling’s sister Trix, by Lorna Lee has been published. Michael Smith describes it as: “…a treasure trove of unpublished writings … and a fascinating collection of facts, memories, and photographs.”…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

(Nov 22nd to 28th)

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 a group of three for you to identify …

  1. … he could not help enjoying the wild rush, though the glimpses of earth far down below frightened him, and the terrible check and jerk at the end of the swing over nothing but empty air brought his heart between his teeth. His escort would rush him up a tree till he felt the thinnest topmost branches crackle and bend under them, and then with a cough and a whoop would fling themselves into the air outward and downward, and bring up, hanging by their hands or their feet to the lower limbs of the next tree.

  2. For centuries the Little People had hived and swarmed from cleft to cleft, and swarmed again, staining the white marble with stale honey, and made their combs tall and deep in the dark of the inner caves, where neither man nor beast nor fire nor water had ever touched them. The length of the gorge on both sues was hung as it were with black shimmery velvet curtains, and Mowgli sank as he looked, for those were the clotted millions of the sleeping bees.

  3. …It was a perfect white night, as they call it… The mosses curled deep and warm over his feet, the young grass had no cutting edge, and all the voices of the Jungle boomed like one deep harp-string touched by the moon – the Moon of New Talk, who splashed her light full on rock and pool, slipped it between trunk and creeper, and sifted it through a million leaves… ‘

Here are the sources of these extracts

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