Author: Charles E PearceEditor(s): Ralph CranePublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 2003Language: EnglishPages: 235ISBN/UPC (if available): 0 19 565876 0
A heady mix of adventure and romance set within the walls of the besieged city of Lucknow in 1857, this new edition of Love Besieged typifies the genre of the Mutiny novel. The romantic intrigue is juxtaposed and interrupted by military action required to defend the Residency, making the novel an exciting read for general readers.There is currently an enormous interest in postcolonial fiction in general, and Indian English fiction in particular. That interest extends to Raj fiction which preceded (and in some cases appeared alongside) the work of Indian authors in English. While the works of such well-known authors as Rudyard Kipling, E M Forster, and Paul Scott have remained accessible, those of lesser-known Raj writers have rarely been reprinted. The publication of this book marks the beginning of a Raj recovery project, which aims to make available some representative Raj fiction.An introduction, maps and notes by Ralph Crane provide a critical commentary to the novel, and will be welcomed by scholars of post-colonial literature.
IntroductionA Note on the TextA Chronology of Charles E PearceA Chronology of the Siege of LucknowMapsQudh: 1857LucknowBritish Garrison Positions in LucknowLOVE BESIEGEDPrefaceAzimoolah KhanSings of the Coming Storm - The Mysterious ChupattiesThe Strom BurstsAt Gun FireA Lull in the StormNurse and PatientThe Green-Eyed MonsterIn the Residency GardenThe Fatal Day of ChinhutThe First Day of the SiegeAfter Life’s Fitful FeverHawke Tries His Luck The First Sortie- Bob the NailerA Hot Attack-The Crisis of the SiegeThe Royal Talisman of OudhJean Atherton’s DaringThe Craft of Mrs RossHawke’s Secret MissionKismet!In the Secret PassageCaptain Fulton, the Real Defender of LucknowAt Last RetributionExplanatory Notes