A full length, readable and enthusiastic biography of Kipling is directed to the hordes of Kipling fans now in their fifties...

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THE LIFE OF RUDYARD KIPLING

A full length, readable and enthusiastic biography of Kipling is directed to the hordes of Kipling fans now in their fifties and sixties. And for them the book fails only because Carrington, with all his own enthusiasm, cannot quite make Kipling a writer for the ages. Perhaps it is his jingoism, which somehow- for many- dates him. But that was part of his times; he grew up in an age that took it for granted. And only in a minor degree does it color the stories by which he should live. In his day Kipling was the greatest of spontaneous best sellers; for two decades his books were consumed, uncritically, by boys and men (some women and girls, too!) This lively book is the outgrowth of one boy grown into man, and cherishing his admiration. Kipling's only surviving daughter has given Carrington access to papers hitherto unused, and accepted this life sized pen portrait as the authorized biography. The happy early family life in India; the early schooling in England which left such scars -- and his later schooling; his return to India as a cub reporter, then back to India as a budding writer (a period partially reflected In The Light That Failed. His marriage to an American had an unhappy aftermath in the four years in Verment which ended in a bitter quarrel with his brother-in-law- and took the Kiplings back to England for good. Tragedy came again-twice-in the deaths of his daughter and later, his son, in World War I. The man himself comes through, with his remarkable sparkle, enthusiasm, sympathy and magnetism. His friends ranged from King George to Cecil Rhodes. He had an uncanny capacity for absorbing facts, speech, stories- that might serve him. But with all its interest, this is not a deeply penetrating study of Kipling. There is still needed a fine psychological study. But for the average reader this provides a sound biography- and should take readers back to Kipling.

Pub Date: Nov. 26, 1955

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Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1955