[PW] Far Country by Rudyard Kipling?
timothyferguson at bigpond.com
Tue Apr 28 18:42:35 PDT 2015
The annoying thing, of course, is I know I've read a story with that plot
line, but even going back through my reading diary, knowing which book of
short stories it was in makes this impossible to trace. I'll look through
the Dunsanys on the basis that he was such a morbid old (bleep)...
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The excerpt Garson quotes was also part of the book The Far Country by Paul
Twitchell, who was the head of the spiritual group Eckankar. The whole
quote (in fact Twitchell references Kipling twice in his book) is:
[Begin excerpt, pp. 9-10]
Rudyard Kipling wrote a story of a boy who had a glimpse of this Far
Country. Occasionally he would see the vision as he progressed into manhood.
He yearned to enter that Far Country but had no way except through death.
When dying from a wound received in battle during World War I, he sees the
vision of the Far Country and knows at last he is ready to enter. The short
story was called The Far Country and is one of Kipling's best."
The second excerpt is:
[Begin excerpt, p. 7]
Rudyard Kipling once wrote a short story with the same title. It was about a
man who had a vision of the world beyond his physical senses as a child, and
again when a soldier dying on the battlefield.
After doing a diligent search and coming up with no such short story by
Kipling, I suspect that Mr. Twitchell was mistaken and the short story he
references was authored by someone else than Rudyard Kipling; because
Twitchell recalled the story of Kipling's own son's death in World War I he
somehow conflated the two. I can't imagine Twitchell would deliberately
state that this story was one of Kipling's best unless he had truly
convinced himself that Kipling was the author. The patron who requested
this short story probably read one of Twitchell's books, and thus the
mistake continues to proliferate.
It might be worth doing a bit more research to see if someone else wrote
this story. One could use the second sentence of the excerpt on p. 7
(above) as one's basic search parameters (and obviously use the dates of WW1
as limiters) and something might turn up.
On 04/28/15, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
Interestingly, someone was looking for the same work in 2007 as
reported in the Tampa Bay Times of Florida.
Article: Seeking: a photograph to remember
Authors: LINDA D. COLE and INGRID L. KOHLER
Date: June 16, 2007
Also, many years ago Patricia's mother told her about a poem or short
story by Rudyard Kipling titled The Far Country, about a dying
soldier's visions on the battlefield. Patricia has tried to locate it
in the libraries of several states and in used or rare bookstores,
without luck. She'd like to copy yours, if you have it. Please call
On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 1:54 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Below is a discussion (of unknown reliability) of the short story that
> appeared in a self-published book. If the story was published under
> another title this description may help.
> Title: The Real Far Country: The Return
> Authors: Duane Heppner, Duane Heppner & Rebazar Tarzs
> Publisher: Xlibris Corporation, 2008
> [Begin excerpt]
> Rudyard Kipling once wrote a story about a boy who had a glimpse of
> The Unseen Worlds. Occasionally he would see a vision of the 'beyond'
> as he progressed into manhood. He yearned to enter this 'unseen
> reality,' but had no way except through death. When dying on a
> battlefield in World War 1, he again sees the vision and knows that it
> will be his time to enter. Kipling called his story 'The Far Country.'
> [End excerpt]
> On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 1:53 PM, <Adriana.Topel at myclearwater.com> wrote:
>> Our patron is looking for The Far Country by Rudyard Kipling. We found
references to the work online but not the full text and we've looked in all
our collected works of Kipling with no success. We're wondering if it was
published under a different title. Any help is much appreciated.
>> Thank you,
>> Adriana Topel
>> Clearwater Main Library
>> 100 N. Osceola Avenue
>> Clearwater, FL 33755
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