Sunday, June 12, 2005

Newly Discovered "Stalky" story

Our own Mr. Corsetti reminds me that there has been a relatively recent discovery of a "lost" Stalky chapter, known to Kipling cognoscenti as "Scylla and Charybdis." It thrilled me when I first learned of it, and am grateful to be twigged again of its importance to your knowledge of the Stalky model.
On April 7, 2004, it was reported that an unfinished manuscript belongingto the series had been found. Scylla and Charybdis sees Stalky and hisfriends catch a colonel cheating at golf. The manuscript was discovered byan archivist at a school built on the same site as the author's
ownchildhood school in Windsor, Berkshire. The Kipling Society's secretary Jeffrey Lewis said the novel was probably left unpublished because Kipling did not think it was good enough."He started a second draft and didn't complete it," Lewis told the BBC.


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