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Rudyard Kipling:  A Life

Rudyard Kipling: A Life
Harry Ricketts
New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., 2001
PR4856 .R54 2001

This absorbing biography of the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for literature 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, it 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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