For three generations Kipling has had too little of the right kind of attention paid him."" Louis L. Cornell does his bit to rectify things by following the course of Kipling's life and apprenticeship as child and young man in India: a principal theme of his study is the relationship between the young author and the Anglo-Indian world in which he grew up. He follows ""Punch"" overseas to the ""House of Desolation,"" Lorne Lodge, where he spent five and years as the ""Black Sheep,"" and experienced ""an immense and agonizing dislocation...a sense of vertigo from which he never fully recovered."" At the United Services College, which Kipling characterized as ""a school before its time,"" he became the literary man about campus under the tutelage of the Head, Cormell Price, who recognized his talent. Home in India, he underwent the discipline of deadlines and facts writing for Civil and Military, made his debut as an Anglo- Indian poet in Echoes, came into his own with Plain Tales from the Hills. Mr. Cornell assays the early writings for influences and themes, sees both the romantic and the realist at work. It is an intelligent reading in a contained frame for a limited audience.