Mulvaney Stories by Rudyard Kipling, 1897 Henry Altemus edition.


Written by Rudyard Kipling. First edition thus, 1897. Henry Altemus. Philadelphia.

The Three Musketeers

"Mulvaney, Ortheris and Learoyd are privates in B Company of a line regiment, and personal friends of mine. Collectively, I think, but am not certain, they are the worst men in the regiment so far as genial blackguardism goes.

"They told this story, the other day, in the Umballa refreshment-room while we were waiting for an up-train. I supplied the beer. The tale was cheap at a gallon and a half."

The Mulvaney stories are a collection of short stories that revolve around the adventures and misadventures of the three British soldiers stationed in colonial India: Terence Mulvaney, Stanley Ortheris, and John Learoyd. Their stories are told with a blend of humor and pathos, capturing the essence of military life during the British Raj. Kipling's sharp wit and keen observation shine through in these tales, which often explore the complexities of colonial rule and the camaraderie among soldiers. The stories are noted for their vivid characterizations and Kipling's ability to convey the soldiers' dialects and speech patterns, which adds authenticity and depth to the narrative. The Mulvaney Stories are considered classics of English literature and offer a window into the social dynamics and daily life of British soldiers in India during the late 19th century.

Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) born in Bombay, India, was a prolific English writer, poet, and journalist. Best known for his works of fiction like The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and the collection Just So Stories (1902), Kipling's writing was significantly influenced by his experiences in British India. He also penned the famous poems If— and Gunga Din. Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907, the first English-language writer to receive the award.
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Condition: Very Good. Lacks dust jacket, as issued. Blue cloth cover boards with red and gilt decoration: Starting to loosen, front and back hinges; rubbing of decoration on front cover and spine; bumped at corners and head and tail of the spine. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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