Punjabi Newspapers from Lahore: 1886-1887

In addition to the Civil & Military Gazette, I’m interested in learning more about the vernacular press in Lahore during the period the Kiplings lived there. The CMG frequently published extracted translations from these newspapers (“Native opinion”), but rarely directly engaged writings or perspectives from these newspapers. Part of getting a fuller picture of life in Lahore… Read More Punjabi Newspapers from Lahore: 1886-1887

What I’ve Learned So Far About Nikka Singh, Clerk at the Civil & Military Gazette

As I’ve been looking through the archives of the Civil & Military Gazette, I’ve been encountering various historical and biographical puzzles. Some of them pertain to the Kiplings; I’ve mentioned the debates about the authorship of certain Kipling stories in earlier posts. But I’m especially interested in the Indian employees of the Civil & Military… Read More What I’ve Learned So Far About Nikka Singh, Clerk at the Civil & Military Gazette

Presenting Three Stories Probably Authored by Alice Kipling Fleming (“Trix”)

In an earlier post I mentioned that there’s some uncertainty about the authorship of some of the stories published in the Civil & Military Gazette under the general heading “Plain Tales from the Hills.” Rudyard Kipling would go on to republish 32 of those stories (and add 8 additional stories previously unpublished) as a single… Read More Presenting Three Stories Probably Authored by Alice Kipling Fleming (“Trix”)

More CMG Annotations: December 1886. Questions about Authorship

December 1886 is a lively month in the Civil & Military Gazette. There are occasional reports on the first meeting of the Indian National Congress, as well as extensive coverage of the Lord Aitchison’s Public Service Commission. Many Indian notables gave testimony at the Public Service Commission, and their statements appear in the transcripts in the… Read More More CMG Annotations: December 1886. Questions about Authorship

Annotations: “Plain Tales from the Hills” (1886-1887). As published in the CMG

Rudyard Kipling started publishing short stories in the Civil & Military Gazette in November of 1886, and continued to publish them in the newspaper on a roughly weekly basis through much of the spring of 1887. In 1887 he would collect the series in a single volume — a major success that helped him significantly as he started… Read More Annotations: “Plain Tales from the Hills” (1886-1887). As published in the CMG