Plain Tales from the Hills

Rudyard Kipling - Author

Kaori Nagai - Editor

Kaori Nagai - Introduction by

Jan Montefiore - Editor

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ISBN 9780141442396 | 336 pages | 26 Jul 2011 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Born in Bombay in 1865, Rudyard Kipling launched his literary career with Plain Tales from the Hills and, in 1907, became the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize. Many of the stories in this book were originally published in a Lahore newspaper for which Kipling worked as a journalist. Later, he revised them to re-create as vividly as possible the sights and smells of India for English readers. Including "Lispeth," "Beyond the Pale," and "In the Pride of His Youth," this collection, far from being a celebration of empire, instead explores the barriers between races, classes, and sexes and powerfully captures all the tensions and contradictions of colonial life.


General Preface


Note on the Text

Further Reading



Three and – an Extra

Thrown Away

Miss Youghal’s Sais

Bitters Neat

’Yoked with an Unbeliever’

False Dawn

The Rescue of Pluffles

Cupid’s Arrows

The Three Musketeers

His Chance in Life

Watches of the Night

The Other Man

Haunted Subalterns


The Conversion of Aurelian McGoggin

The Taking of Lungtungpen

A Germ-Destroyer


The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly

In the House of Suddhoo

His Wedded Wife

The Broken-Link Handicap

Beyond the Pale

In Error

A Bank Fraud

Tods’ Amendment

The Daughter of the Regiment

In the Pride of His Youth


The Rout of the White Hussars

The Bronckhorst Divorce-Case

Venus Annodomini

The Bisara of Pooree

A Friend’s Friend

The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows

The Maness 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

Appendix: Two Original Versions of ‘Plain Tales’