- Series: Oxford World's Classics
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199555036
- ISBN-13: 978-0199555031
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.9 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in India. He went to school in England and then returned to India to be a writer and a journalist.
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We can read STALKY for so many things: for its criticism of British education, for its sketches of north Devon life and dialects, even for its theology. Let me suggest, in addition, that we can also read these tales (originally nine, later 14) as expressions of Rudyard Kipling's evolving politics. That Kipling's politics of imperialism colored all his writing is the thesis of David Gilmour in THE LONG RECESSIONAL: THE IMPERIAL LIFE OF RUDYARD KIPLING (2002).
A question that I ask myself is whether Kipling's fascination with and initially blind devotion to British imperialism was already alive during his years (1878 - 1882) at United Services College on the north Devon coast -- or merely latent? Clearly it was alive 17 years after Rudyard left school for newspapering in India -- alive, that is, in 1899 when Kipling prefaced STALKY & CO. with "Let us now praise famous men." The College's old boys
"Some beneath the further stars
Bear the greater burden:
Set to serve the lands they rule,
(Save he serve no man may rule),
Serve and love the lands they rule:
Seeking praise nor guerdon."
David Gilmour makes it clear enough what Kipling's politics were in 1894 when he returned to the College to take part in ceremonies honoring its beloved Head, Cormell Price (Kipling's "Uncle Corm") on his retirement. The book STALKY & CO., be it remembered, had been dedicated to Price five years earlier. In 1894 Kipling spoke these words:
"All that the College -- all that Mr Price -- has ever aimed at was to make men able to make and keep empires."
To which David Gilmour wryly adds as comment,
"Price must have been surprised. He had also aimed to educate boys"
(THE LONG RECESSIONAL, Ch. 1 "Ejections from Paradise," p. 11).
Read Kipling for his style, for his humor, for his amazing ear for languages, dialect and school-boy jargon. But also read him, from time to time, for the rise and fall of his belief in the British Empire.
The present day young probably won't like the book much for it describes something that is mostly history, but I am old enough to have seen a very authoritarian school system and when I read the book the first time I recognised all the teachers.