- Plain Tales from the Hills
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name = Plain Tales from the Hills
image_caption = Cover of the First Edition (1888)
language = English
Thacker, Spink and Company, Calcutta
media_type = Print (Hardback &
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Plain Tales from the Hills (published 1888) is the first collection of short stories by
Rudyard Kipling. Out of its 40 stories, "eight-and-twenty", according to Kipling's "Preface", were initially published in the "Civil and Military Gazette" in Lahore, British India, (now in Pakistan) between November 1887 and June 1888. "The remaining tales are, more or less, new." (Kipling had worked as a journalist for the "CMG" - his first job - since 1882, when he was not quite 20.)
The title refers, by way of a pun on 'Plain' as the reverse of 'Hills', to the deceptively simple narrative style; and to the fact that many of the stories are set in the Hill Station of Simla - the 'summer capital of the British Raj' during the hot weather. Not all of the stories are, in fact, about life in 'the Hills': Kipling gives sketches of many aspects of life in British India.
The tales include the first appearances, in book form, of
Mrs. Hauksbee, the policeman Stricklandand the Soldiers Three(Privates Mulvaney, Ortheris and Learoyd).
The stories are:
Three and - an Extra"
Miss Youghal's Sais"
Yoked with an Unbeliever'"
The Rescue of Pluffles"
*"The Three Musketeers"
His Chance in Life"
Watches of the Night"
*"The Other Man"
The Conversion of Aurelian McGoggin"
The Taking of Lungtungpen"
The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly"
In the House of Suddhoo"
His Wedded Wife"
The Broken-link Handicap"
*"Beyond the Pale"
A Bank Fraud"
*"The Daughter of the Regiment"
In the Pride of his Youth"
The Rout of the White Hussars"
The Bronckhorst Divorce-case"
The Bisra of Pooree"
A Friend's Friend"
The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows"
The Madness of Private Ortheris"
The Story of Muhammad Din"
On the Strength of a Likeness"
Wressley of the Foreign Office"
By Word of Mouth"
To be Filed for Reference"
Some of the characters in these stories reappear in the novel "Kim".
* Carpenter, H. and M. Prichard. 1984. "The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature", Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York.
* [http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/index.html Works by Kipling] at the University of Newcastle
** Note that as Kipling's writing is mostly in the public domain, a large number of individual websites contain parts of his work; these two sites are comprehensive, containing almost everything publicly available.
* [http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/prose/SomethingOfMyself/index.html "Something of Myself"] , Kipling's autobiography
* [http://www.kipling.org.uk/ The Kipling Society website]
* [http://www.kipling.org.uk/bookmart_fra.htm "Kipling Readers' Guide"] from the Kipling Society; annotated notes on stories and poems.
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