Barrack-Room Ballads

Barrack-Room Ballads

by Rudyard Kipling
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Barrack-Room Ballads by Rudyard Kipling

First collected in 1892, Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads relive the experiences of soldiers sent around the world to defend the Empire-all for little pay and less appreciation. An immediate success, they were unlike anything the public had seen before.

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ISBN-13: 9781478382645
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/08/2012
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865. During his time at the United Services College, he began to write poetry, privately publishing Schoolboy Lyrics in 1881. The following year he started work as a journalist in India, and while there produced a body of work, stories, sketches, and poems —including “Mandalay,” “Gunga Din,” and “Danny Deever”—which made him an instant literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1889. While living in Vermont with his wife, an American, Kipling wrote The Jungle Books, Just So Stories, and Kim—which became widely regarded as his greatest long work, putting him high among the chronicles of British expansion. Kipling returned to England in 1902, but he continued to travel widely and write, though he never enjoyed the literary esteem of his early years. In 1907, he became the first British writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize. He died in 1936

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Barrack-Room Ballads 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
soljerblue More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Kipling since I was much younger than now, and am quite familiar with the esoteric slang of the Victorian British army. But I'm sure the specific meanings of many words and phrases, such as "Aggy Chel," and "pukka", and others seen throughout Kipling's work are totally lost on modern-day readers. This edition by Dodo Press does nothing to correct the problem. It uses no footnotes nor other explanations for these 19th century colloquialisms. The result is to stop the reader in mid-stanza with a puzzled look, and force him or her to try to work it out from the context of the piece, or scratch their heads and move on. Either way, the vitality of Kipling's work, and the reader's enjoyment of it are needlessly interrupted. This and other modern editions of Kipling's work need footnotes. And editors with enough professionalism to learn their meanings and include those in the text. It ain't rocket science, folks. Really it's not!
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