My Kalulu, Prince, King, and Slave. A Story of Central Africa

STANLEY, Henry Morton. My Kalulu, Prince, King, and Slave. A Story of Central Africa.

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STANLEY, Henry Morton. My Kalulu, Prince, King, and Slave. A Story of Central Africa. London: Sampson Low, Marston & Company, 1891.

8vo. Original green cloth, image of hunters firing at a charging lion blocked in black and green to upper cover, lettered in gilt and black; pp. xv, 432, 32 (advertisements, dated 1892); 8 wood-engraved plates; slightly rubbed, soiling to fore-edges, presentation prize bookplate to front pastedown, a very good copy.
"New and Cheaper Edition"; first, 1873. This is an adventure story, with the hero's name based on Stanley's traveling companion and the scenery derived from his Central African experience gathered during the search expedition to find Livingstone. 'At Tabora, he acquired a servant, a young boy named Kalulu, whom he later brought to England. After a further three months he travelled towards the south-west, on the most arduous stage of his journey' (Oxford DNB). Just before the publication of the book describing how he found Livingstone, Stanley left Britain, together with Kalulu for a lecture tour of America. After their return he published the present book.
When the book came out first it was alleged to be a homosexual love story, and describes the growing friendship between Kalulu (an 'Apollo'), who is actually older than the real Kalulu, and another boy called Selim, named after Stanley's translator in Africa.
- See Robert F. Aldrich, Colonialism and Homosexuality pp.37-44.

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