Ghost Stories

Mondial
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"This is not exactly a book of downright ghost-stories as the cover makes belief. It is rather a collection of facts that never quite explained themselves. All that the collector is certain of is, that one man insisted upon dying because he believed himself to be haunted; another man either made up a wonderful lie and stuck to it, or visited a very strange place; while the third man was indubitably crucified by some person or persons unknown, and gave an extraordinary account of himself." (Rudyard Kipling) --- The tales are quite as grisly as any one will demand, although Mr. Kipling makes fun of all of them, and insinuates that they can be traced back to some variety of Indian fever or to the high spirits which are absorbed from bottles with popular labels. (N.Y. Herald)
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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 Head of the District" are among his political tales of English rule in India. The "Soldiers Three" group deals with Kipling's three musketeers: an Irishman, a Cockney, and a Yorkshireman. The Anglo-Indian Tales, of social life in Simla, make up the larger part of his first four books. Kipling wrote equally well for children and adults. His best-known children's books are Just So Stories (1902), The Jungle Books (1894-95), and Kim (1901). His short stories, although their understanding of the Indian is often moving, became minor hymns to the glory of Queen Victoria's empire and the civil servants and soldiers who staffed her outposts. Kim, an Irish boy in India who becomes the companion of a Tibetan lama, at length joins the British Secret Service, without, says Wilson, any sense of the betrayal of his friend this actually meant. Nevertheless, Kipling has left a vivid panorama of the India of his day. In 1907, Kipling became England's first Nobel Prize winner in literature and the only nineteenth-century English poet to win the Prize. He won not only on the basis of his short stories, which more closely mirror the ambiguities of the declining Edwardian world than has commonly been recognized, but also on the basis of his tremendous ability as a popular poet. His reputation was first made with Barrack Room Ballads (1892), and in "Recessional" he captured a side of Queen Victoria's final jubilee that no one else dared to address.

Andrew Moore assisted James McNair on the last 10 of his cookbooks, including recipe development and editing. James and Andrew divide their time between a home in Northern California and their lodge on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

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Publisher
Mondial
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Published on
Jan 6, 2015
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Pages
116
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ISBN
9781595691323
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
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Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling is a paramount literary figure, having created an impressive corpus of work as varied as treasured children’s classics, compelling novels, beautiful poetry and critical non-fiction war writings. This comprehensive eBook presents the most complete edition of Kipling’s works possible in the US, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 5)

Features:
* the most complete collection possible due to US copyright restrictions
* annotated with concise introductions to the novels and other works
* illustrated with images of how the novels first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* ALL the novels and each with their own contents table
* THE JUNGLE BOOK and other popular collections are fully illustrated
* all of the short stories, with excellent formatting, and contents tables
* rare short story collections like ABAFT THE FUNNEL – first time in digital print
* includes all of Kipling’s non-fiction war writings – spend hours exploring Kipling’s studies of World War I – many available in no other collection
* EVEN includes Kipling’s poetry with special contents table – find that special poem quickly!
* the rare history textbook Kipling contributed to for schools
* the fully illustrated war text THE GRAVES OF THE FALLEN which Kipling was commissioned to write by the British Government
* packed full of images relating to Kipling’s life, works, places and film adaptations
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres, allowing easy navigation around Kipling’s immense oeuvre
* UPDATED with improved KIM text and formatting

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
THE LIGHT THAT FAILED
THE NAULAHKA, A STORY OF WEST AND EAST
CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS
KIM

The Shorter Fiction
THE CITY OF DREADFUL NIGHT
QUARTETTE
PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS
SOLDIERS THREE AND OTHER STORIES
UNDER THE DEODARS
THE PHANTOM RICKSHAW AND OTHER EERIE TALES
WEE WILLIE WINKIE AND OTHER CHILD STORIES
LIFE'S HANDICAP
MANY INVENTIONS
THE JUNGLE BOOK
THE SECOND JUNGLE BOOK
THE DAY'S WORK
STALKY & CO.
JUST SO STORIES FOR LITTLE CHILDREN
TRAFFICS AND DISCOVERIES
PUCK OF POOK'S HILL
ACTIONS AND REACTIONS
ABAFT THE FUNNEL
REWARDS AND FAIRIES
A DIVERSITY OF CREATURES

The Short Stories
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF SHORT STORIES
ALPHABETICAL LIST OF SHORT STORIES

The Travel Writing
FROM SEA TO SEA – LETTERS OF TRAVEL: 1887-1889
AMERICAN NOTES
LETTERS OF TRAVEL: 1892-1913
SOUVENIRS OF FRANCE
BRAZILIAN SKETCHES

The Poetry
LIST OF THE COMPLETE POETRY

The Non-Fiction
A FLEET IN BEING
A HISTORY OF ENGLAND
THE NEW ARMY IN TRAINING
FRANCE AT WAR
THE FRINGES OF THE FLEET
SEA WARFARE
THE WAR IN THE MOUNTAINS
THE GRAVES OF THE FALLEN
THE IRISH GUARDS IN THE GREAT WAR
THE EYES OF ASIA
HOW SHAKSPERE CAME TO WRITE THE ‘TEMPEST’

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