Something of Themselves: Kipling, Kingsley, Conan Doyle and the Anglo-Boer War (Hardcover)

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In early 1900, the paths of three British writers--Rudyard Kipling, Mary Kingsley and Arthur Conan Doyle--crossed in South Africa, during what has become known as Britain's last imperial war. Each of the three had pressing personal reasons to leave England behind, but they were also motivated
by notions of duty, service, patriotism and, in Kipling's case, jingoism.

Sarah LeFanu compellingly opens an unexplored chapter of these writers' lives, at a turning point for Britain and its imperial ambitions. Was the South African War, as Kipling claimed, a dress rehearsal for the Armageddon of World War One? Or did it instead foreshadow the anti-colonial guerrilla
wars of the later twentieth century?

Weaving a rich and varied narrative, LeFanu charts the writers' paths in the theatre of war, and explores how this crucial period shaped their cultural legacies, their shifting reputations, and their influence on colonial policy.

About the Author

Sarah LeFanu's books include Rose Macaulay and S is for Samora: A Lexical Biography of Samora Machel and the Mozambican Dream. Formerly an editor at The Women's Press, and artistic director of the Bath Literature Festival (2004-9), she regularly chairs events for the Bristol Festival of Ideas andBristol Women's Literature Festival and blogs at

Product Details
ISBN: 9780197501443
ISBN-10: 0197501443
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: April 1st, 2020
Pages: 352
Language: English

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