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The following thirty-eight stories and articles are uncollected save for their appearance in the Sussex Edition (and in the United States, the Burwash Edition).
- “The Battle of Rupert Square”
- “The Benefactors”
- “Bitters Neat”
- “The Burden of Nineveh”
- “A Burgher of the Free State”
- “Collar-Wallah and the Poison Stick”
- “A Displaie of New Heraldrie”
- “The Enlightenments of Pagett, M.P.
- “The First Assault upon the Sorbonne”
- “Folly Bridge”
- “For One Night Only”
- “Haunted Subalterns”
- “How Shakespeare came to write “The Tempest” “
- “The Lamentable Comedy of Willow Wood”
- “The Last Relief”
- “The Legs of Sister Ursula”
- “Mary Kingsley”
- “Mrs Hauksbee Sits Out”
- “My First Book”
- “Of Those Called”
- “On Dry Cow Fishing as a Fine Art”
- “One Lady at Wairakei”
- “The Outsider”
- “The Pit that they Digged”
- “The Pleasure Cruise“
- “The Potted Princess”
- “Quo Fata Vocant”
- “Railway Reform in Great Britain”
- “A Reinforcement”
- “The Science of Rebellion”
- “The Sin of Witchcraft”
- “Surgical and Medical”
- “The Soul of a Battalion”
- “A Tour of Inspection”
- “The Track of a Lie”
- “Two Forewords”
- “A Village Rifle Club”
- “With Number Three”
- “The Wreck of the Visigoth“
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.
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:
- “What Rudyard Kipling can do for you” by Harry Ricketts.
- “The Great War and Rudyard Kipling” by Hugh Brogan
- “Kipling’s Burma” by George Webb
- “Kipling’s Cars”kip_cars by John Walker
- “Kipling and Dreams”, by Mary Hamer
- “Kipling and the British Army in India” by Charles Carrington
- “Kipling and the Great War” by Rodney Atwood
- “Kipling and the Great War Propagandists” by David Alan Richards
- “Kipling and Horace” by David Page
- “Kipling, Horace, and literary parenthood” by Harry Ricketts
- “Kipling and the Imperial War Graves Commission” by Alastair Wilson
- “Kipling’s Inspirations” by Rowan Williams
- “Kipling and Lord Roberts” by Rodney Atwood
- “Kipling and Hinduism” by Guy Liardet
- “Kipling and the Pirates” by David Richards
- “Kipling as a Science Fiction writer” by Fred Lerner
- “Kipling’s Indian journalism” by Thomas Pinney
- “Kipling and the Royal Navy” by Alastair Wilson
- “The Pyecroft stories” by Alastair Wilson
- “Kipling’s Biographers” by Lisa Lewis
- “Kipling and Music” by Brian Mattinson
- “Musical settings of Kipling’s verse” by Brian Mattinson
- “Kipling and The Seven Seas“ by Jan Montefiore
- “Kipling’s Sussex” by Michael Smith
- “Kipling and Medicine” by Dr Gillian Sheehan
- “Kipling and History” by Professor Hugh Brogan
- “Kipling and the Classical World” by Susan Treggiari
- “Kipling’s use of historical material” by Ann M Weygandt.
- “Longitude and Latitude” by Cdr. Alastair Wilson, RN.
- “A Master of Our Art, Kiping as a science fiction writer” by Fred Lerner.
- “Mulvaney’s Regrets, Kipling and the Bhoys at Yale” by David Alan Richards
- “The Medicine of War” by Dr Gillian Sheehan.
- “Naulakha after Kipling” by Mike Kipling
- “Rudyard Kipling in New Zealand” by Margaret Newsom
- “Rudyard Kipling, in Sickness and in Health” by Dr Gillian Sheehan
- “Rudyard Kipling and the University of Cape Town” by Tanya Barben
- “A Visit to Rudyard Kipling’s Naulakha” by Louis Sander.
- “A letter about a car” from Rudyard Kipling
- Kipling and the Swastika, by Michael Smith and Alastair Wilson
- Kipling’s Atlas by David Alan Rishards
- Rudyard Kipling’s Poetry by Daniel Hadas
Some early criticism 1886-1905
- Andrew Lang on Kipling
- Plain Tales from the Hills reaches England
- Sir William Hunter reviews Departmental Ditties
- W E Henley on ‘The New Writer’
- Charles Whibley on ‘Good stuff and Bad’
- A review in the Times Literary Supplement
- Extracts from letters by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The poetry of Rudyard Kipling’ by Charles Eliot Norton
- ‘Mine Own People‘, introduced by Henry James
- Oscar Wilde on Rudyard Kipling
- Edmund Gosse on Kipling
- The Voice of the Hooligan by Robert Buchanan
- A review of Just So Stories by G.K.Chesterton
- “On Mr Rudyard Kipling by G K Chesterton
Some notes by David Alan Richards on various Kipling: curiosities of interest to collectors:
- Collecting Kipling
- Kipling’s Winnipeg Speech
- “The School Budget”
- Kipling’s Auld Lang Syne”
- War’s Brighter Side
- “Bravest Deeds and Fearless in Duty”
- “Old Johnny Grundy”
- “Why Snow Falls at Vernet”
- Departmental Ditties, Barrack-Room Ballads, and Other Verses
- The Light that Failed, the magazine editions
- RK’s advice to the Hat
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
- Swept and Garnished
- Sea Constables
- Mary Postgate
- The Gardener
- A Madonna of the Trenches
- The Janeites
- ‘In the Interests of the Brethren’
- A Friend of the Family
- The Woman in his Life
- The Miracle of St. Jubanus
Some poems Kipling wrote about the war:
- “For all we have and are”
- The Lowestoft Boat
- The Children
- The Irish Guards
- My Boy Jack
- Epitaphs of the War
- Big Steamers
- The Outlaws
- A Death-bed
- Natural Theology
- The Covenant
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
- Sea Warfare (1916)
- France at War (1915)
- The New Army in Training (1915)
- The War in the Mountains (1917)
- The Eyes of Asia (1918)
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, 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 email@example.com
Parodies of Kipling’s Verse
Kipling has been much parodied, in his own day and since. We are gathering these verses from many sources and where they are within copyright have taken steps to secure permission to republish them here. Where origin cannot be identified or authors reached we trust that they will be happy to walk here in Kipling’s company.
After his voracious reading of earlier poets in his early years, Kipling himself was an accomplished parodist; witness Echoes (1884), The Muse Among the Motors (1904-1929), and The Marrèd Drives of Windsor (1908-1913). See also “Kipling and Horace” by David Page, and Harry Ricketts in KJ 305 page 41 on “Kipling: Lost Parodist”. Referring to the ‘Preface’ of The Marred Drives of Windsor, Ricketts notes:
‘Parody, Kipling implies, is the liberating complement to serious writing, and is, for the serious writer, essential to imaginative health. Parody is civilised play; it requires technical skill, knowledge, virtuosity, and literary flair.’ [H.R.]
- archy experiences a seizure by Don Marquis
- Skimbleshanks, the Railway Cat by T.S.Eliot
- Mummy, or Mother’s Day Blues by Katharine Whitehorn
- The Song of Six Suburbs from Punch
- Certain Maxims of Hafiz II from The Spike
- The Song of the Penny-whistle by Jules Castier
- Ballad by Guy Wedmore Carryl
- A Christmas Garland II. P.C.X.36 by Max Beerbohm
- An untitled verse by Ernest Hemingway
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The Kipling Society allows users of the NRG online, whether or not they are members of the Society, to freely download sections to their computers, or to print them out for personal use. If any wider use is envisaged, this cannot be permitted without prior agreement from the Society. Please send any enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To illustrate these notes the Society has reproduced a number of pictures from various sources, including many by notable artists from early editions of Rudyard Kipling’s stories, 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. We have also made use of a number of current pictures which we believe to be in the public domain.
Guidance on the verse
Rudyard Kipling preferred to describe his poetry as â€˜verseâ€™, 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 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 email@example.com.
Some useful links
- Project Gutenberg
- The David Richards Kipling Bibliography
- Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
- University of Sussex Special Collections
- British Library Catalogues
- SOLDIER – Magazine of the British Army
- Rum Ration – The Navy Network
About this Guide
The New Readers’ Guide (NRG) is built on the work in the 1960s of Reginald Harbord, Roger Lancelyn Green, and their Kipling Society colleagues, privately published in an edition of 100 in a series of weighty volumes (right). For readers or scholars who wish to find a set of this ‘”Readers’ Guide to Rudyard Kipling’s Work”, here is a note by John Walker, the Kipling Librarian.
The NRG, designed for the Internet, was initiated and guided in the year 2000 by George Webb, Editor of The Kipling Journal from 1980 to 2000. It has been developed since through a Project Group of members of the Society: Mary Hamer, Peter Havholm, Leonee Ormond, David Page, John Slater, and Alastair Wilson. The Verse Editor is John Walker, and the General Editor John Radcliffe.
The entries are the work of many hands in many countries. By 2020 we had annotated all the published and uncollected verse, stories, speeches, and most of the known articles. To encourage more general users of the web to read Kipling, we are placing more emphasis on the writings themselves, hence the links on the Home page direct to the tales and poems.
We have also added many illustrations and created a new linking system, with many links between works and notes, and cross-references to the Kipling Journal archive of nearly 400 editions. We have brought the text of some 450 works onto the site rather than linking to them elsewhere. We have also extended the search facilities, adding a word search of the whole site, and thus of Kipling’s works. We have also added systems for sharing ideas through social media.
We are continuing this work so as to share and enjoy Kipling’s writings with wider audiences of all ages around the world.
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