Alive with adventure, rich with exotic detail, the voice of Rudyard Kipling carried readers to faraway locations and brought new exciting scenes to their doorsteps. Born and raised in India, Kipling became the voice of the eastern British Empire, and his writing extensively covered Central Asia. Early in his career, Kipling drew inspiration not from travels of his own, but from working with far-flung correspondents at the Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore, Pakistan, where he served as assistant editor. One of his chief correspondents was Dr. Charles Owen, a close friend of his father's who served a tour of duty with the Afghan Boundary Commission between 1884 and 1886 addressing the border dispute between Great Britain and Russia. This historical biography provides a new perspective on Kipling's days as an employee of the Civil and Military Gazette. Information garnered from newly uncovered letters and diaries of Dr. Owen (acquired by the National Army Museum in 1998) gives personal insight into Kipling's life as well as firsthand perceptions of the Boundary Commission's work. In addition, appendices provide a wealth of information regarding articles by Kipling, articles attributed to Kipling or his supervisor Wheeler, Kipling's translations of Russian dispatches, and Boundary Commission reports.
Author and translator Neil K. Moran is an editor of the Canadian Oriental Rug Magazine. He has contributed articles to the Kipling Journal as well as several journals related to Central Asia. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.