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From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches

From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches
Letters of Travel

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies

  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108033688

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  • 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.

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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108033688
    • length: 520 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Rudyard Kipling

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