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Kipling's Japan : collected writings /
edited by Hugh Cortazzi and George Webb.
imprint
London : Athlone Press, 1988.
description
xi, [3], 294 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., maps, port.
ISBN
0485113481
format(s)
Book
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imprint
London : Athlone Press, 1988.
isbn
0485113481
catalogue key
2220046
 
Includes bibliographies and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1989-02:
Kipling's journalistic accounts of foreign lands (including the US) are not so well known as his fiction, but his virtuoso style makes for exciting reading a century after he wrote. Few journalists survive that long. Thomas Pinney rescued some of Kipling's Indian reportage (Kipling's India: Uncollected Sketches, 1884-88, 1986), and now Cortazzi (former British ambassador to Japan) and Webb (editor of the Kipling Journal) have rescued his accounts of Japan written in 1889 and 1892. This handsomely illustrated book contains 18 "letters" and a handful of stories, poems, talks, and miscellaneous fragments, some never before reprinted and all supplemented with careful notes, an appended chronology and glossary, and a detailed index. The text follows the first printing (usually in the Indian papers for which Kipling wrote), not the later revised and emended versions that he included in collected editions. The editors suppress only one passage: Kipling's "petulant curse" against America in the tenth letter. It is hard to say which is more enjoyable, Kipling's evocations of Japan (e.g., his descriptions of children and of the Buddha at Kamakura) or the editors' encyclopedic commentary (e.g. how the word "Kamakura" should be accented). The letter titled "Our Overseas Men" contains hard-eyed prophecies that deserve attention even today. Appropriate for graduate and public libraries. -D. H. Stewart, Texas A & M University
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