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The Wish House and Other Stories

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Rudyard Kipling, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1907, has long been considered an important and vibrant, even controversial, storyteller and poet. The Wish House and Other Stories is a collection of Kipling’s finest works, including the stories “In the House of Suddhoo,” “The Disturber of Traffic,” and “The Eye of Allah,” the poems “The Runners,” “The Return of the Children,” and “The Last Ode,” and his famous story about Afghanistan, “The Man Who Would Be King.” Each piece was selected by poet and ...

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Rudyard Kipling, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1907, has long been considered an important and vibrant, even controversial, storyteller and poet. The Wish House and Other Stories is a collection of Kipling’s finest works, including the stories “In the House of Suddhoo,” “The Disturber of Traffic,” and “The Eye of Allah,” the poems “The Runners,” “The Return of the Children,” and “The Last Ode,” and his famous story about Afghanistan, “The Man Who Would Be King.” Each piece was selected by poet and scholar Craig Raine, who writes in his Preface, “We need to think about Kipling. He is our greatest short-story writer, but one whose achievement is more complex and surprising than even his admirers recognize.”

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“There will always be plenty in Kipling that I will find difficult to forgive; but there is also enough truth in these stories to make them impossible to ignore.”—Salman Rushdie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812966022
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/10/2002
  • Series: Modern Library Classics Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 1,411,438
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Raine is a poet, lecturer, and critic. He is a fellow of New College, Oxford, the author of several poetry collections and books, and the editor of the journal Areté. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Table of Contents

Biographical Note
Introduction: Kipling: Controversial Question
Editor's Preface 1
A Note on the Text 34
In the House of Suddhoo 36
Beyond the Pale 43
The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows 49
The Story of Muhammad Din 54
The Man who would be King 57
Baa Baa, Black Sheep 87
Dray Wara Yow Dee 111
On Greenhow Hill 119
The Dream of Duncan Parrenness 134
The Disturber of Traffic 139
'The Finest Story in the World' 152
'Love-o'-Women' 177
The Elephant's Child 197
'I keep six honest serving men' 203
The Runners 204
A Sahibs' War 206
Kaspar's Song in 'Varda' 221
'Wireless' 222
The Return of the Children 238
'They' 239
From Lyden's 'Irenius' 258
Mrs. Bathurst 259
The Bee Boy's Song 275
'Dymchurch Flit' 276
A Three-Part Song 287
Friendly Brook 288
The Land 298
Mary Postgate 301
The Beginnings 314
'Late Came the God' 315
The Wish House 316
Rahere 331
The Survival 333
The Janeites 334
Jane's Marriage 350
The Bull that Thought 352
Alnaschar and the Oxen 365
Gipsy Vans 367
A Madonna of the Trenches 369
Gow's Watch 382
Untimely 385
The Eye of Allah 386
The Last Ode 403
The Gardener 404
The Burden 413
Dayspring Mishandled 414
Gertrude's Prayer 432
The Manner of Men 433
At His Execution 448
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