With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts Research Professor of English University of Sussex. The diverse tales selected for this volume display the astonishing virtuosity of Rudyard Kipling s early writings. A Nobel prize-winner Kipling was phenomenally productive and imaginative displaying a literary mastery of idioms technology and technical terms exotic locations and social range. He gained immense popularity becoming (as these stories indicate) the knowledgeable spokesman for a wide public. Later although Kipling s right-wing views increasingly incurred hostility his creativity remained formidable. In this rich collection we encounter bold realism poignant nostalgia dark comedy the vividly horrific the exuberantly fanciful and the disturbingly uncanny.