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CONFESSIONS OF A THUG - Taylor, Philip Meadows - 1839. 
Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street, London 1839 - 12mo, three volumes: pp. [i-v] vi-xxiv  2-324; [i-ii]  2-338; [i-ii]  2-424, nineteenth-century three-quarter calf and marbled boards, spines lettered and tooled in gold, brown leather title pieces. First edition. Philip Meadows Taylor (1808-1876), English administrator and novelist, was born in the city of Liverpool, "where his father was a merchant. Business troubles led to Philip, as the eldest son, being sent at fifteen to India, to work in the house of a Bombay merchant with the prospect of an eventual partnership. Chafing at commercial service, Taylor took a commission in the Nizam's forces in Hyderabad in 1824. This region was to be his base for the next thirty-six years. Soon after, in 1824, he reentered civilian life and undertook a strenuous program of self-education in engineering, law and surveying, preparatory to a career in the Nizam's administration. A man of powerful intellectual and physical energy, Taylor interested himself particularly in the Thug assassin's cult, recently uncovered by Colonel Sleeman. His first novel (and still his most widely read) was the semi-documentary THE CONFESSIONS OF A THUG (1839). The work, written during convalescence from a bout of malaria in 1837, was suggested by Bulwer-Lytton and published white Taylor was on furlough in England. It was an instant success with the English public (Queen Victoria was an early and avid reader)." - Sutherland, Victorian Fiction, p. 620. "Until Kipling's KIM, the most informed and successful Victorian novel of Indian life . Apart from its virtues as a tale of adventure, the novel is a remarkable attempt to enter the colonized Indian consciousness. The work was extremely popular, and introduced the word 'thug' into general English usage." - Ibid., pp. 144-5. Sadleir 3178. Wolff 6674 and 6674a. Gupta, India in English Fiction, 1800-1970 2068. Binding a bit rubbed, but a nice copy. (#153204) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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