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War Stories and Poems

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This unique anthology of Kipling's war stories and poems provides critical comment on the ineptitude of the British in the Boer War. Including such stories as "Barrack-Room Ballads," this work provides tales of courage and adventure, as well as shameful episodes of retreat and failure.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to ...

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Overview


This unique anthology of Kipling's war stories and poems provides critical comment on the ineptitude of the British in the Boer War. Including such stories as "Barrack-Room Ballads," this work provides tales of courage and adventure, as well as shameful episodes of retreat and failure.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199555505
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 784,561
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

General Preface vii

Introduction xii

Note on the Text xxvi

Select Bibliography xxxiii

A Chronology of Kipling's Life and Works xxxvi

War Stories and Poems

Part 1 The Imperial Frontiers

The Widow's Party 5

The Drums of the Fore and Aft 7

That Day 39

A Conference of the Powers 41

The Young British Solider 55

The Light that Failed, Chapter 2 58

'Fuzzy-Wuzzy' 68

The Mutiny of the Mavericks 70

Ford o' Kabul River 89

The Lost Legion 91

Arithmetic on the Frontier 103

Slaves of the Lamp, Part 2 105

Part 2 The Boer War

Rimmon 125

The Way That He Took 127

The Outsider 145

Stellenbosch 161

A Sahibs' War 163

'Wilful-Missing' 181

The Comprehension of Private Copper 183

Half-Ballade of Waterval 194

The Captive 196

Chant-Pagan 219

Part 3 The Great War

Gethsemane 225

'Swept and Garnished' 226

Mary Postgate 235

The Changelings 250

Sea Constables 251

The Vineyard 268

Introduction to The Irish Guards in the Great War 269

A Recantation 276

A Friend of the Family 278

Mesopotamia 293

A Madonna of the Trenches 294

The Mother's Son 309

The Gardener 310

Epitaphs of the War (Selection) 321

Appendix: Kipling under Fire: The Battle of Kari Siding 325

Explanatory Notes 328

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