Heart of Darkness, The Man Who Would Be King, and Other Works on Empire, A Longman Cultural Edition

Joseph Conrad / Rudyard Kipling / David Damrosch  
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May 2006
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From Longman's Cultural Editions series, Heart of Darkness, The Man Who Would Be King, and Other Works on Empire shows the literary and historical context within which–and against which–both Conrad and Kipling wrote their masterpieces.

These works have deeply influenced later writings that deal with the ambitions, complexities, and failures of imperial projects of cultural influence and political control. English, American, South Asian, and African authors from Saul Bellow to Salman Rushdie have worked with and against the models pioneered by Conrad and Kipling in the late Victorian era; their revolutionary impact is illuminated in this text. 

Handsomely produced and affordably priced, Longman Cultural Editions consist of the complete text of an important literary work, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, supplemented by helpful annotations, accompanied by a table of significant dates and a guide for further study, then followed by contextual materials that reveal the conversations and controversies of its historical moment.

See all the Longman Cultural Editions at www.ablongman.com/longmanculturaleditions.


  • This edition includes the entire texts of Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King as well as a generous selection of Kipling's verse.
  • Contextual materials include excerpts from Conrad's original diary of his Congo journey, a bizarre speech by Henry Morton Stanley, promoting King Leopold's Congo colony to the weavers of Manchester, important stories on Anglo-Indian empire, vivid first-person accounts of British imperialism in Afghanistan, and a lively collection of popular poetry on empire by Edward Lear, W. S. Gulbert, and others.
  • Thorough footnotes identify cultural references, social customs and rituals, and literary allusions, as well as defining unfamiliar word usages.
  • Maps, cartoons, and other period illustrations dramatize the settings and the issues taken up by Kipling and Conrad.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

About Longman Cultural Editions

About This Edition


Table of Dates

Rudyard Kipling: Poems and Stories

A Tale of Two Cities

The Last Department

The Widow at Windsor


The Young British Soldier


Gunga Din



The White Man’s Burden

Ulster 1912

[Footnotes to Kipling Poems]

Without Benefit of Clergy

[Footnotes to Kipling, Without Benefit of Clergy]

The Man Who Would Be King

[Footnotes to “The Man Who Would Be King”]

Contexts: Empire and Its Discontents

Edward Lear: “The Akond of Swat”

Hilaire Belloc: “I, the Poor Indian, justly called ‘The Poor’”

“The Llama”

W. S. Gilbert: “The British Tar”

“The Darned Mounseer”

“The King of Canoodle-Dum”

Christina Rossetti, “In the Round Tower at Jhansi, June 8, 1857”

Ghalib: from Dastambu: A Bouquet of Flowers

“Now every English soldier that bears arms”

Bahadur Shah II: “I am not the light of anyone’s eye”

“I cannot bring myself to like this despoiled wilderness”

Major R.C.W. Mitford, from To Cabul with the Cavalry Brigade

Howard Hensman, from The Afghan War of 1879-80

[Footnotes to Contexts: Empire)]

Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness

Contexts: The Scramble for Africa

Olaudah Equiano, from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Henry Morton Stanley, from Through the Dark Continent

from Address to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce

Joseph Conrad, from Congo Diary

Roger Casement, from Report to Parliament on the Congo

[Footnotes to Contexts: The Scramble for Africa”

Further Reading


David Damrosch is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and past president of the American Comparative Literature Association. He has written widely on world literature from antiquity to the present. His admired books, with lively appeal not only to the academic world but also to general readers, include The Narrative Covenant (1987), What Is World Literature? (2003), and The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007). In addition to editing the Longman Cultural Edition of Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” Rudyard Kipling’s ”The Man Who Would be King,” and Other Works on Empire, he is the inspired genius, founding force, and general editor of the first three editions of the six-volume Longman Anthology of British Literature and now general editor of The Longman Anthology of World Literature.