Stalky & Co
Macmillan Pocket Kipling: Stalky & Co. is a novel by Rudyard Kipling about adolescent boys at a British boarding school. It is a collection of school stories whose juvenile protagonists display a know-it-all, cynical outlook on patriotism and authority. It was first published in 1899 (following serialisation in the Windsor Magazine). It is set at a school dubbed “the College” or “the Coll.”, which is based on the actual United Services College that Kipling attended as a boy. The character Beetle, one of the main trio, is partly based on Kipling himself, while the charismatic character Stalky is based on Lionel Dunsterville, M’Turk is based on George Charles Beresford, Mr King is based on William Carr Crofts, and the headmaster, Mr. Bates, is based on Cormell Price, headmaster of the United Services College.
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