Rudyard Kipling: A Life

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Basic Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 434 pages
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This absorbing, widely praised biography brings a fresh and sympathetic eye to the career of the prolific writer whose popular Jungle Books and collections of poems like Barracks Room Ballads as well as the masterly novel Kim propelled him to the pinnacle of literary success before he was forty. With illuminative reinterpretations of his work, it also follows Kipling through the next three decades that took this complex, troubled, and brilliant man to tragic personal disappointments and galling disrepute among the lions of literary fashion. In all, biographer Ricketts brings vibrantly to life the diverse worlds of imperialist India and Victorian London that both inspired and betrayed Kipling's genius.
  

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Kipling was a man of contradictions: identified with both India and England, he was a poet of the common man who also served as spokesman for the British Empire and the white man's burden. Poet and ... Read full review

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The author has a neutral presentation which presents an excellent analysis of Kipling's life. The author doesn't feel compelled to make Kipling something he wasn't. He gives the reader the facts of an enjoyable man. I appreciate the book as a quality contribution to writings on Kipling.

Contents

Ruddy is Coming
1
The House of Desolation
15
Beetle in Love
30
Echoes
54
AngloIndian Attitudes
75
BoundaryCrossing
85
Out of India
103
Charting the Orient
121
An American Home
187
The Trouble with Beatty
202
Recessional
226
Reputations
252
Family and Foes
280
My Boy Jack
314
Debits and Credits
341
Pallbearers
367

Knocking about the States
130
London and Fame
145
An American Wife
169
Notes
391
Acknowledgments
414
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Harry Ricketts is a published poet, an editor for BBC Press, and the author of "Rudyard Kipling: A Life,

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