The Burden – Essay
The Burden - The Gardener by Rudyard Kipling.
By Mike Smith
Several critics of Kipling mention this story. It comes in the 1926 Debits and Credits collection, late in the sequence of short story publications.
Written in the shadow of ‘The Great War’, it stands comparison with the earlier, and perhaps more controversial Mary Postgate, and like that story, is regarded as one of his best. Frank O’Connor though, in The Lonely Voice, his 1963 study of the genre, singles it out for ...