The fact that Rudyard Kipling visited New Zealand in 1891 is not widely known. That he wrote a short story One Lady at Wairakei while he was here, which was published at the time in the New Zealand Herald, will come as quite a surprise even to the literary world. The story is not contained in any of the standard collections of Kipling's works.
It is now being published for the first time in book form, with an introduction by Harry Ricketts, who has been responsible for rediscovering it.
Readers will find that it provides a fascinating glimpse of the overregulated, unstable economy then in existence in New Zealand, and an astonishingly accurate prediction of the development of New Zealand literature during the twentieth century.
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Harry Ricketts is currently a lecturer in the English Department at Victoria University of Wellington. He admits to a lifelong love-hate relationship with Kipling, on whose short stories he wrote a B. Litt thesis while at Oxford. More recently, he has published an article on Kipling's autobiography, Something of Myself. He came across One Lady at Wairakei while investigating the conflicting accounts of Kipling's visit to New Zealand. The story struck him as so interesting that he felt it must be rescued from its position of unwarranted neglect.
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Book Description M. Rendel, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0908606214
Book Description M. Rendel, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110908606214