Historical Context

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British Imperialism in the Late Nineteenth Century
When ‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’’ was first published as part of the second...

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Literary Style

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Setting: The Fantasy World
‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’’ illustrates a trend in children’s literature especially characteristic...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Eliot, T. S., A Choice of Kipling’s Verse, Faber & Faber, 1941, pp. 5–36.

Kipling, Rudyard, ‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,’’ in The Jungle Books, Golden Press, 1963, pp. 123–33.

Lerner, Robert E., Standish Meacham, and Edward McNall Burns, Western Civilization: Their History and Their Culture, Norton, 1993, pp. 811–39.

Orwell, George, ‘‘Rudyard Kipling,’’ in Collected Essays, Secker & Warburg, 1961, pp. 179–94.

Wheatcroft, Geoffrey, ‘‘A White Man’s Burden: Rudyard Kipling’s Pathos and Prescience,’’ in Harper’s Magazine, September 2002, pp. 81–84.

Further Reading
Cain, Peter, and Tony Hopkins, British Imperialism, 1688–2000, 2d ed., Longman, 2001. When this comprehensive history of the British Empire was first published, it was received with critical acclaim. It was later updated to relate imperialism to modern-day international politics.

Ferguson, Niall, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, Basic Books, 2003. Ferguson offers a history of British imperialism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and applies it to the international policies of the twenty-first century.

Gilmour, David, The Long Recessional: The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2002. Kipling’s legacy endured a long history of vilification, but this biography offers a fresh, early twenty-first-century perspective on his life and ideologies.

Mallett, Phillip, Rudyard Kipling: A Literary Life, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Mallett concentrates especially on Kipling’s writing life and family life.

Compare and Contrast

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1890s: English readers are fascinated by portrayals of ‘‘exotic’’ British colonies like India, written primarily by British...

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Topics for Further Study

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The characters of Nag and Nagaina are portrayed as villains in ‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi.’’ The use of snakes as a symbol of evil is common...

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Media Adaptations

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‘‘Rikki-Tikki-Tavi’’ was adapted as an animated film in 1975. It was directed by Chuck Jones, narrated by Orson Welles, and is...

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What Do I Read Next?

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The Jungle Books, published in two volumes in 1894 and 1895, Kipling’s most famous and endearing work, is a collection of stories...

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