Rudyard Kipling

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Rudyard Kipling. Born in Bombay in 1865, Kipling has been described as the poet of Empire, celebrated for fictional works including Kim and The Jungle Book. Today his poem ‘If–’ remains one of the best known in the English language. Kipling was amongst the first writers in English to develop the short story as a literary form in its own right, and was the first British recipient of a Nobel Prize for Literature. A literary celebrity of the Edwardian era, Kipling’s work for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission played a major role in Britain’s cultural response to the First World War.

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  • Howard Booth No other episodes
    Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester
  • Daniel Karlin 3 episodes
    Winterstoke Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol
  • Jan Montefiore No other episodes
    Professor of Twentieth Century English Literature at the University of Kent

Reading list

  • Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling 1865-1900
    Charles Allen (Abacus, 2008) Google Books →
  • The Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling
    Howard J. Booth (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2011) Google Books →
  • Rudyard Kipling: His Life and Work
    Charles Carrington (Macmillan, 1955) Google Books →
  • A Choice of Kipling's Verse
    T. S. Eliot (ed.) (Faber & Faber, 1941) Google Books →
  • Kim
    Rudyard Kipling (ed. Cedric Watts) (Wordsworth Editions, 1901) Google Books →
  • The Jungle Books
    Rudyard Kipling (ed. W. W. Robson) (Oxford Paperbacks, 1894) Google Books →
  • Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling
    Rudyard Kipling (Wordsworth Editions ) Google Books →
  • The Man Who Would be King and Other Stories
    Rudyard Kipling (ed. Jan Montefiore) (Penguin Classics, 2011) Google Books →
  • Rudyard Kipling
    Andrew Lycett (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999) Google Books →
  • Rudyard Kipling: Writers and their Work
    Jan Montefiore (Northcote House Publishers Ltd, 2007) Google Books →
  • In Time's Eye: Essays on Rudyard Kipling
    Jan Montefiore (Manchester University Press, 2013) Google Books →
  • My Country Right or Left 1940-1943: The Collected Essays Journalism & Letters of George Orwell volume 2
    George Orwell (David R Godine, 2000) Google Books →
  • The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling
    Harry Ricketts (Chatto, 1999) Google Books →
  • The Art of Rudyard Kipling
    J. M. S. Tompkins (Methuen, 1959) Google Books →

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