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A Soldier's Kipling (Hardback)

Poetry and the Profession of Arms

British History Victorian Era Military History

By Edward Erickson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9781526718532
Published: 18th June 2018

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Rudyard Kipling was one of the most versatile writers of the Victorian age – a journalist, storyteller, historian and poet. One of the major subjects of his poetry was the British army and the way it waged its campaigns during Queen Victoria’s ‘little wars’, and it is this aspect of his writing that Edward Erickson explores in this absorbing and perceptive study.

Kipling’s military poems offer insights into the profession of arms and how soldiers were trained and fought in distant expeditionary campaigns – they bring to life the world of the Victorian soldier in the most evocative way. Although not a soldier himself, Kipling wrote about timeless themes of military and wartime service, the experience of combat, unit cohesion and individual courage.

A Soldier’s Kipling is an original contribution to the understanding of Kipling’s work and his times, and it should lead to a fresh appreciation of a facet of his writing that has not been focused on so closely before.

... this reviewer found this volume a delightful, well written, informative and (above all), memorable volume, to the extent that it bids fair to become a Standard Reference Work on its subject.

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About Edward Erickson

Edward J. Erickson was born in Norwich, New York, USA. He recently retired from a long distinguished US Army career which included service in senior positions in Europe and the Middle East, in particular in Turkey and Iraq. He is one of the foremost authorities on the Ottoman Army during the Great War.

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