The New Readers’ Guide

General Editor John Radcliffe, Verse Editor John Walker,
Project Group: David Page, Alastair Wilson, Peter Havholm,
Mary Hamer, Leonee Ormond, John Slater. 

Initiated and guided by George Webb, C.M.G., O.B.E.
Editor of the Kipling Journal 1980-2000. 

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Uncollected stories

The following thirty-eight stories and articles are uncollected save for their appearance in the Sussex Edition (and in the Unites States, the Burwash Edition).


Uncollected Articles

These fifty-six articles were written for the Civil and Military Gazette when Kipling was a young journalist (aged only 18 in March 1884) working as assistant editor of that journal, the main English newspaper in the populous province of the Punjab. Based in the ancient city of Lahore, it was mainly written for and read by the Anglo-Indian community, administrators, soldiers, and businessmen — and their wives.

They were collected and published by Thomas Pinney as  Kipling’s India, Uncollected Sketches 1664-88, Macmillan 1986.

Uncollected Speeches

Kipling published a selection of his speeches in 1928 under the title A Book of Words, Selections from Speeches and Addresses Delivered between 1906 and 1927.’

Thomas Pinney has gathered together the text of forty-eight further speeches which he published in 2005 under the title A Second Book of Words, ELT Press, Greenboro North Carolina 2008.

General Articles by many hands

In addition to the notes on specific works, the Guide includes a number of General Articles on a wide range of themes, including:

Some early criticism 1886-1905

For Collectors

Some notes by David Alan Richards on various Kipling: curiosities of interest to collectors:

Kipling and the Great War

As we approached the centenary of the Armistice on November 11th 2018, we published Rodney Atwood’s powerful article on “Kipling and the Great War”.

Some tales Kipling wrote about the War and its aftermath

Some poems Kipling wrote about the war:

The poems Kipling wrote during the war are largely collected in The Years Between (1919)

He also wrote the official history of The Irish Guards in the Great War (1923), and many articles about aspects of the war

Carrie Kipling’s Diaries

Alastair Wilson has completed his notes on the Rees and Carrington extracts from Carrie Kipling’s Diaries from 1892 to 1935, the fruits of four years’ work. They are to be found among the “For Members” pages of this site.

They have been illustrated and edited by John Radcliffe.

Themes in Kipling’s stories

We have developed a system through which you can search for themes and people in Kipling’s stories. Click here

Our aim is not to define or pigeon-hole particular tales, but rather to give readers the chance of seeing where particular themes or references crop up in his writings.

In our discussions about this system we have frequently struck issues which are not easy to resolve, and have concluded with the hope that readers will come back to us with comments and refinements. Please send any comments to the NRG Project Group via

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To illustrate these notes the Society has made use of a number of pictures from various sources, which we believe to be out of copyright. We can make no commitment, however, to permit the downloading of such illustrations or their use elsewhere.

Guidance on the verse

Rudyard Kipling preferred to describe his poetry as ‘verse’, and it was published under that title in successive editions familiar to many readers, such as The Inclusive Edition and The Definitive Edition. Details of these editions, and earlier authorised collections, are given in the definitive Rudyard Kipling, A Bibliography, edited by David Alan Richards and published by Oak Knoll in 2010. In this Guide there are also a lists, from Early Verse to the poems of his later years, under Main Works and Other Works above.

However, these, and the selection for the final Sussex Edition (in America, the Burwash Edition) total much less than half of his total canon.

The three-volume Cambridge Edition of the Poems of Rudyard Kipling, edited and extensively annotated by Professor Tom Pinney, and published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, includes well over five hundred uncollected pieces.

In successive collections and other publications, Kipling made textual changes. Within this guide the text of the verse, obtainable from the link above, is generally that of the Definitive Edition, together with Andrew Rutherford’s Early Verse by Rudyard Kipling: 1879-1889, published by Oxford University Press in 1986. The notes offered here, for almost all of the verse, are updated as more information is received.

We aim to keep this guidance up to date, but are very grateful for comments from readers on any errors or omissions. Please email to


Background to this Guide

This Guide is the work of many hands, which is still continuing. We have reviewed the entries in Harbord’s Readers’ Guide to the Works of Rudyard Kipling (the ‘Old Readers’ Guide’ or ORG), updated and extended them, and – for all the verse and many of the tales, articles and speeches – created new notes. We have also added the text of all the published and many unpublished works of Kipling. [J.R.]


For readers who wish to find a set of the ORG (left) here is a note by John Walker, the Kipling Librarian.