Plain Tales from the Hills (published 1888) is the first collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling. Out of its 40 stories, 29 were initially published in the Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore, British India, (now in Pakistan) between November 1887 and June 1888. (Kipling had worked as a journalist for the CMG—his first job—since 1882, when he was not quite 17.) Some of the characters in these stories reappear in the novel Kim.
The title refers, by way of a pun on "Plain" as the reverse of "Hills", to the deceptively simple narrative style; and to the fact that many of the stories are set in the Hill Station of Simla—the "summer capital of the British Raj" during the hot weather. Warning: template has been deprecated.— Excerpted from Plain Tales from the Hills on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
The transcription is from the 2nd edition, published in 1889. For each story which had previously appeared in a periodical, information about its first publication is provided in the Notes section, based on Bibliography of the Works of Rudyard Kipling (1927), by Flora V. Livingston.
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123373Plain Tales from the Hills1889Rudyard Kipling
CALCUTTA: THACKER, SPINK AND CO. London:—W. THACKER AND CO.
CALCUTTA: PRINTED BY THACKER, SPINK AND CO.
THE WITTIEST WOMAN IN INDIA
I DEDICATE THIS BOOK.
Eight and twenty of these tales appeared originally in the Civil and Military Gazette. I am indebted to the kindness of the Proprietors of that paper for permission to reprint them. The remaining tales are, more or less, new.
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