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From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches Rudyard Kipling

From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches By Rudyard Kipling

From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches by Rudyard Kipling

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Originally published in 1899, and reissued here in the 1928 edition, this two-volume collection contains letters and travel reports written by Kipling (1865-1936) on his journeys around India, East Asia and the USA in 1887-9. Kipling's characteristically vivid prose describes experiences including a fascinating encounter with Mark Twain.

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From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches: Letters of Travel by Rudyard Kipling

First published in book form in 1899, and reissued here in the 1928 Macmillan edition, this two-volume collection contains a series of letters and travel reports originally written for newspapers by the young Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) on his journeys around India, Burma, China, Japan and the United States between 1887 and 1889. The 1907 Nobel Prize winner's characteristic fluid writing style is already apparent in these funny, poignant and vivid articles and short stories. Providing revealing insights into Kipling's notions of imperialism and Englishness, the works also reflect the writer's keen observational powers, and a telling intelligent self-awareness of his own cultural prejudices. Volume 1 contains Kipling's Letters of Marque and twenty-four pieces from From Sea to Sea, including descriptions of his experiences of the Great Wall of China, Japanese theatre and visiting a slaughterhouse in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Preface; Letters of Marque: 1. Of the beginning of things; 2. Shows the charm of Rajputana and of Jeypore, the city of the Globe-trotters; 3. Does not in any sort describe the dead city of Amber; 4. The Temple of Mahadeo and the manners of such as see India; 5. Of the sordidness of the supreme government on the revenue side; 6. Showing how Her Majesty's mails went to Udaipur and fell out by the way; 7. Touching the children of the sun and their city; 8. Divers passages of speech and action whence the nature, arts, and disposition of the king and his subjects may be observed; 9. Of the pig-drive which was a panther-killing, and of the departure to Chitor; 10. A little of the history of Chitor, and the malpractices of a she-elephant; 11. Proves conclusively the existence of the dark tower visited by Childe Rolande, and of 'Bogey' who frightens children; 12. Contains the history of the Bhumia of Jhaswara, and the record of a visit to the house of strange stories; 13. A king's house and country; 14. Among the Houyhnhnms; 15. Treats of the startling effect of a reduction in wages and the pleasures of loaferdom; 16. The comedy of errors and the exploitation of Boondi; 17. Shows that there may be poetry in a bank, and attempts to show the wonders of the palace of Boondi; 18. Of the uncivilised night and the departure to things civilised; 19. Comes back to the railway, after reflections on the management of the Empire; From Sea to Sea: 1. Of freedom and the necessity of using her; 2. The River of the Lost Footsteps and the Golden Mystery upon its banks; 3. The City of Elephants which is governed by the Great God of Idleness, who lives on the top of a hill; 4. Showing how I came to Palmiste Island the place of Paul and Virginia, and fell asleep in a garden; 5. Of the threshold of the Far East and the dwellers thereon; 6. Of the well-dressed islanders of Singapur and their diversions; 7. Shows how I arrived in China and saw entirely through the Great Wall and out upon the other side; 8. Of Jenny and her friends; 9. Some talk with a Taipan and a General; 10. Shows how I came to Goblin Market and took a scunner at it and cursed the Chinese People; 11. Of Japan at ten hours' sight, containing a complete account of the manners and customs of its people, a history of its constitution, products, art, and civilisation, and omitting a tiffin in a tea-house with O-Toyo; 12. A further consideration of Japan; 13. The Japanese theatre and the story of the thunder cat; 14. Explains in what manner I was taken to Venice in the rain, and climbed into a devil fort; 15. Kioto, and how I fell in love with the chief belle there after I had conferred with certain China merchants who trafficked in tea; 16. The party in the parlour who played games; 17. Of the nature of the Tokaido and Japanese railway construction; 18. Concerning a hot-water tap, and some general conversation; 19. The legend of Nikko Ford and the story of the avoidance of misfortune; 20. Shows how I grossly libelled the Japanese army, and edited a civil and military gazette which is not in the least trustworthy; 21. Shows the similarity between the Babu and the Japanese; 22. Shows how I came to America before my time and was much shaken in body and soul; 23. How I got to San Francisco and took tea with the natives there; 24. Shows how through folly I assisted at a murder and was afraid.

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From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches: Letters of Travel by Rudyard Kipling
Cambridge University Press
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