Kipling and the Sea: Voyages and Discoveries from North Atlantic to South

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Kipling and the Sea: Voyages and Discoveries from North Atlantic to South

by Rudyard Kipling
Editor Andrew Lycett

I. B. Tauris | April 15, 2014 | Hardcover |

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Kipling may be best known as a commentator on the British Empire, but he was also a vivid observer and chronicler of the sea--and of ships and all who sailed in them. For him, the sea was the glue which bound the British Empire together. So Kipling wrote copiously about his own voyages--to India, across the Pacific and Atlantic, down to South Africa and Australia-- and about the voyages of others. Sailors were particular heroes of his, as adventurers who braved every kind of element and danger in order to reach distant lands. In writing about them, he was enthralled by the romance of the sea, touching on everything from pirates to technical changes in ships. At all stages of his life Kipling peppered his many letters with observations about the sea, encompassing his own voyages and his other nautical interests. Newly edited and featuring a commentary by Kipling expert and author of the much-praised "Kipling Abroad," "Kipling and the Sea" illuminates a side of Kipling's work that has not yet been fully explored.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: April 15, 2014

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1780762739

ISBN - 13: 9781780762739

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Kipling and the Sea: Voyages and Discoveries from North Atlantic to South

by Rudyard Kipling
Editor Andrew Lycett

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 5.51 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: April 15, 2014

Publisher: I. B. Tauris

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1780762739

ISBN - 13: 9781780762739

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Kipling may be best known as a commentator on the British Empire, but he was also a vivid observer and chronicler of the sea--and of ships and all who sailed in them. For him, the sea was the glue which bound the British Empire together. So Kipling wrote copiously about his own voyages--to India, across the Pacific and Atlantic, down to South Africa and Australia-- and about the voyages of others. Sailors were particular heroes of his, as adventurers who braved every kind of element and danger in order to reach distant lands. In writing about them, he was enthralled by the romance of the sea, touching on everything from pirates to technical changes in ships. At all stages of his life Kipling peppered his many letters with observations about the sea, encompassing his own voyages and his other nautical interests. Newly edited and featuring a commentary by Kipling expert and author of the much-praised "Kipling Abroad," "Kipling and the Sea" illuminates a side of Kipling's work that has not yet been fully explored.

About the Author

Kipling, who as a novelist dramatized the ambivalence of the British colonial experience, was born of English parents in Bombay and as a child knew Hindustani better than English. He spent an unhappy period of exile from his parents (and the Indian heat) with a harsh aunt in England, followed by the public schooling that inspired his "Stalky" stories. He returned to India at 18 to work on the staff of the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette and rapidly became a prolific writer. His mildly satirical work won him a reputation in England, and he returned there in 1889. Shortly after, his first novel, The Light That Failed (1890) was published, but it was not altogether successful. In the early 1890s, Kipling met and married Caroline Balestier and moved with her to her family's estate in Brattleboro, Vermont. While there he wrote Many Inventions (1893), The Jungle Book (1894-95), and Captains Courageous (1897). He became dissatisfied with life in America, however, and moved back to England, returning to America only when his daughter died of pneumonia. Kipling never again returned to the United States, despite his great popularity there. Short stories form the greater portion of Kipling's work and are of several distinct types. Some of his best are stories of the supernatural, the eerie and unearthly, such as "The Phantom Rickshaw,""The Brushwood Boy," and "They." His tales of gruesome horror include "The Mark of the Beast" and "The Return of Imray.""William the Conqueror" and "The
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