What’s new on this site

We have created four new sections for the site, “Current Kipling Research“, “Sharing great reads” for reading groups, “On Writing” with Kipling’s advice on his subtle craft, and “For young readers”.

This section covers the Jungle Books, the Puck Stories, Land and Sea Tales, and the Just So Stories . We are now offering the full texts of Just So, with both Kipling’s own illustrations and the little known colour plates by Joseph Gleeson, made for the 1912 Doubleday edition. You can also listen to six of the stories.

Amazon have just published a third e-book, Letters of Marque to follow Plain Tales from the Hills and Soldiers Three, as a Kindle application, price in UK £2.25.

It includes David Page’s notes on the articles. Like the two earlier collections it has been put together very elegantly by Tom White in California, in close collaboration with the Society.

Tom White has recently updated Plain Tales from the Hills. If you have bought this from Amazon you can get the updated version via your Amazon account by going to Manage your Content and Devices, locating the book, and opting to have your copy updated.

If you are not already using the Kindle app you will need to download it to your computer, and specify this to Amazon when you buy the e-book. They will then download the book to the specified device.

Philip Holberton’s notes on the uncollected poems written in India, while Kipling was working as Assistant Editor of the Civil and Military Gazette and later for the Pioneer, are now complete.

The last of these, on Kipling’s journey home in 1889, and his arrival in London, are:

“Verse letter to Sidney Low”
“Verses from letter to Andrew Lang”
“There once were four people at Euchre”
“Verse Fragments and Limericks”
“In the City of Berlin”
“A Ballade of Indian Tea”
“Caroline Taylor”
“Verses on fruit plates”
“The Owl”

We have recently published an illustrated article by John Walker on “Kipling’s Cars” the fruits of many weeks of work, and years of experience.

Alastair Wilson has annotated a little known uncollected poem, The Buttercup, a list of wildflowers in rhyme, written in the flyleaf of a French volume on plant names by Gaston Bonnier.