Kim, A Longman Cultural Edition

Rudyard Kipling / Paula Krebs / Tricia Lootens  
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December 2009
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Kim, A Longman Cultural Edition


From Longman's Cultural Edition series, Rudyard Kipling's Kim, edited by Paula M. Krebs and Tricia Lootens, sets Kipling's most important novel in both its imperial and its literary contexts.


Ever since its publication in 1900, Kipling's story of British India has catalyzed fantasies and debates over colonialism and imperialism. Through a series of selections from Kipling's poetry, travel writing, autobiography--and, crucially, his work as a young journalist--this edition offers students and teachers new ways of reading the tale of how the young streetwise Kim, 'Little Friend of All the World,' becomes both a Buddhist holy man's disciple and a British spy.


Handsomely produced and affordably priced, the Longman Cultural Editions series presents classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Each Cultural Edition consists of the complete texts of important literary works, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, and supplemented by helpful annotations; a table of dates to track its composition, publication, and public reception in relation to biographical, cultural and historical events; and a guide for further inquiry and study.


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  • A startling, hitherto unpublished excerpt from the manuscript of the novel offers new insight into Kipling’s composition process.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.
  • Longman Cultural Editions include both primary texts of major writers and contemporaneous material that contextualizes those texts, including reviews, critical essays, responses, and newspaper and magazine articles.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

About Longman Cultural Editions

About This Edition


Table of Dates



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


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

Back Cover


A Longman Cultural Edition

Editors: Paula M. Krebs and Tricia Looten

Series Editor: Susan Wolfson

Affordably priced, Longman Cultural Editions present classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts–cultural, critical, and literary. Each Longman Cultural Edition consists of the complete text of a key literary work, supplemented by helpful annotations and followed by contextual materials that reveal the conversations and controversies of its historical moment.

A complete list of other Longman Cultural Editions appears inside the front cover.

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