The Tragedy of Crusoe, C.S.
The immediate inspiration for ‘The Tragedy of Crusoe’ was the fact that Kipling himself had just returned from his annual visit to the Hills. He had been at Dalhousie with his family in August but returned alone to Lahore in September to endure the end of his second season of Indian hot weather. Wheeler, his editor, was then absent, and Kipling had the paper to himself; that probably explains how it is that this, the first extended piece of imaginative prose that he is known to have published in India, got into the pages of the CMG. At the same time, Kipling expected soon to be called away from the CMG to the Pioneer, and he meant therefore to ‘have a final flare up on the old rag’ (to Edith Macdonald, 17 September 1884).
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