Rudyard Kipling: Plain Tales from the Hills

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Plain Tales from the Hills, one of the most extraordinary collections of short fiction to appear in the nineteenth century, was published in Calcutta and London in January 1888. A second edition, with revisions, came out the next year, to be followed by a reissue in London and New York in 1890. By that time the Kipling boom was well and truly launched. Henry James and Andrew Lang were among the volume's many metropolitan admirers. Turning its pages, in the opinion of Oscar Wilde, “one feels as if one were seated under a palm-tree reading life by superb flashes of vulgarity”.

A series of thirty-nine short Anglo-Indian stories called “Plain Tales from the Hills” had begun to appear as “turnovers…

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Kerr, Douglas. "Plain Tales from the Hills". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 October 2002
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