Stalky & Co.

Rudyard KIPLING (1868 - 1936)

Rudyard Kipling published Stalky & Co. in 1899. Set at an English boarding school in a seaside town on the North Devon coast. (The town, Westward Ho!, is not only unusual in having an exclamation mark, but also in being itself named after a novel, by Charles Kingsley.)

The book is a collection of linked short stories, with some information about the eponymous Stalky's later life. Beetle, one of the main trio, is said to be based on Kipling himself, while Stalky may be based on Lionel Dunsterville.

The stories have elements of the macabre (dead cats), bullying and violence, and hints about sex, making them far from the childish or idealised world of the typical school story. Edmund Wilson, critic, in The Wound and the Bow, was both shocked and uncomprehending.

Adapted by Tim Bulkeley from the Wikipedia entry.

Genre(s): Fictional Biographies & Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 0 - Opening Poem Tim Bulkeley
Play 01 1 - In Ambush Tim Bulkeley
Play 02 2 - Slaves of the Lamp - Part 1 Tim Bulkeley
Play 03 3 - An Unsavory Interlude Tim Bulkeley
Play 04 4 - The Impressionists Tim Bulkeley
Play 05 5 - The Moral Reformers Tim Bulkeley
Play 06 6 - A Little Prep Tim Bulkeley
Play 07 7 - The Flag of their Country Tim Bulkeley
Play 08 8 - The Last Term Tim Bulkeley
Play 09 9 - Slaves of the Lamp - Part II Tim Bulkeley