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Published: 10 February 2005

448 Pages | numerous line drawings


ISBN: 9780192802460

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Scouting for Boys

A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship

Robert Baden-Powell
Edited by Elleke Boehmer

  • Baden-Powell's bestselling manual has become a bestseller all over again. This is the first, and only, critical edition of Scouting for Boys, whose republication in hardback in 2004 prompted huge review coverage and popular interest, with serialization in The Times and coverage from the THES to The Oldie
  • The editorial material reveals the true complexity of this fascinating book: the introduction examines the text in relation to several to date unexplored topics - its status as children's literature; its literary and anti-literary qualities; its mosaic effects; its advice on male bonding and masculinity; its intertwining of the health of the body,the nation, and the empire.
  • The edition not only explores contradictions which earlier scholars of Scouting for Boys have attempted to ignore (about sexuality, the environment, and empire) but it is also richly annotated with references to Baden-Powell's original manuscript, pointing to important excisions, borrowings, and revisions.
  • The Notes relate the book to its many informing contexts, from Kipling to Samuel Smiles (author of Self-Help), woodcraft lore to detective fiction, amateur theatre to sex manuals
  • Baden-Powell's original advice about masturbation, cut from the original, and all subsequent editions of Scouting for Boys, appears as an Appendix.
  • All Baden-Powell's illustrations for the first edition are included.

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