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Published: 27 September 2018

448 Pages | Numerous line drawings


ISBN: 9780198799993

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Scouting for Boys

A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship

Robert Baden-Powell
Edited by Elleke Boehmer

Oxford World's Classics Hardback Collection

  • The first, and only, critical edition of Baden-Powell's bestselling manual, Scouting for Boys
  • The editorial material reveals the true complexity of this fascinating book: its literary and anti-literary qualities; its advice on male bonding and masculinity; its intertwining of the health of the body, the nation, and the empire
  • Notes relate the book to the many sources which informed it, 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