Kim: Wordsworth Classics

Autor Rudyard Kipling Cedric Watts
en Limba Engleză Paperback – mai 1994

With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.

Kim is Rudyard Kipling’s finest work. Now controversial, this novel is a memorably vivid evocation of the life and landscapes of India in the late nineteenth century. Kim himself is a resourceful lad who befriends a lama, an ageing priest; and both embark on a combined quest. Whereas Kim has an insatiable interest in the varied activities around him, the lama seeks redemption from the ‘Wheel of Life’. Kim becomes involved in the ‘Great Game&rsquo:, undertaking espionage for the British rulers.

This engrossing and moving novel, with its diversity of memorable characters, offers many insights into political, religious and social tensions.

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ISBN-13: 9781853260995
ISBN-10: 1853260991
Pagini: 269
Dimensiuni: 124 x 196 x 18 mm
Greutate: 0.18 kg
Editura: Wordsworth Classics
Seria Wordsworth Classics

Locul publicării:United Kingdom

Notă biografică

RUDYARD KIPLING was born in Bombay in 1865. In 1882 Kipling started work as a journalist in India, and while there produced a body of work, stories, sketches and poems - notablyPlain Tales from the Hills(1888) - which made him an instant literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1889. His most famous works includeThe Jungle Book(1894),Kim(1901) and theJust So Stories(1902). Kipling refused to accept the role of Poet Laureate and other civil honours, but he was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize, in 1907. He died in 1936.
JAN MONTEFIOIRE is Professor of 20th Century English Literature at the University of Kent. She is the author ofMen and Women Writers of the 1930s(1996);Arguments of Heart and Mind:Selected Essays 1977-2000(2002);Feminism and Poetry(3rd edition, 2004); andRudyard Kipling(2007).
HARISH TRIVEDI is Professor of English, University of Delhi. He is author ofColonial Transactions: English Literature and India(1993), and has co-editedThe Nation across the World: Postcolonial Literary Representations(2007) andLiterature and Nation: Britain and India 1800-1990(2000).


"The great adventure of identity, intrigue and India, and several other things too, including the extraordinary potency of words."

"As fresh and clear as the air of its Indian mountains setting."
Daily Telegraph
"No summary can do this marvellous, rich and unforgettable novel anything like justice" -- Philip Pullman "The greatest of all Kipling's books" -- E. M. Forster "I'm a passionate fan of Kipling. I think Kim is a singular and extraordinary novel, one of the greatest in English" -- A. A. Gill "I don't just admire, I adore Kim" -- Mark Tully "The great adventure of identity, intrigue and India, and several other things too, including the extraordinary potency of words" Guardian


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Kim (1901) is one of Kipling's masterpieces. Through the story of the young orphan Kimball O'Hara, and his vocation in the Secret Service, Kipling presents a vivid picture of India, its teeming populations, religions, and superstitions, and the life of the bazaars and the road. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


  • A startling, hitherto unpublished excerpt from the manuscript of the novel offers new insight into Kipling’s composition process.
  • A comprehensive glossary eliminates the need for intrusive footnoting.
  • Wide-ranging Kipling short stories and poems open up new access points to the origins and afterlives of Kim and its characters.
  • An introductory discussion of the novel's links to global as well as British colonial politics provides new insight into contemporary imperial issues.
  • Carefully selected readings from British Indian Survey documents and Indian journalism on Russian-British tensions at the Afghan border join an intimate, radically ambivalent 1897 essay by a colonial administrator and excerpts from Kipling's early journalism and travel writing to create a richly suggestive context for the novel.
  • Sample illustrations from the original U. S. serialized publication as well as J. L. Kipling’s bas reliefs, contemporary travel illustration and photography, and an MGM film advertisement encourage readers to attend to Kim as serial, novel, and film.
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Glossary for Kim
Imperialism: British India and Beyond
Rudyard Kipling, from Civil and Military Gazette
Muhammad Mafiz Ali, The Truth about Russia and England from a Native’s Point of View
from Hand-book of General Instructions for the Survey of India Department
Sir Hugh Clifford, from “Up-Country”
Kipling and Kim
from “Home”
from “The Edge of the East”
from Something of Myself
from “Kim o’ the Rishti”
“What Happened”
“The Native-Born”
“The Ballad of the King’s Jest”
“The Mother-Lodge”
“The Mark of the Beast”
Further Reading

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