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Kipling Sahib : India and the making of Rudyard Kipling

Author: Charles Allen
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books : Distributed by W.W. Norton, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Pegasus Books edView all editions and formats
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"This is the story of the forgotten Kipling: 'Ruddy' the troubled youth eager to be accepted by Anglo-Indian society but too arrogant for his own good. A boy terrified of heat, darkness, and disease; a teenager who suffered a series of physical and mental breakdowns and turned to opiates for relief. A young man compelled to take dangerous 'night walks' into the native city of Lahore." "This is Ruddy the breaker of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Rudyard Kipling; Rudyard Kipling; Rudyard Kipling; Rudyard Kipling; Rudyard Kipling
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Allen
ISBN: 9781605980317 1605980315 9781605980904 1605980900
OCLC Number: 227016392
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2007.
Description: xix, 426 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1 'Mother of cities': Bombay and a beginning, 1865-7 11 --
2 'Youth in the eye of the sun': Bombay and expulsion from Eden, 1867-71 36 --
3 'A double death': Southsea and Lahore, 1871-7 64 --
4 'One school of many': United Services College, Westward Ho!, and Bikaner House, Lahore, 1877-82 92 --
5 'As a prince entering his kingdom': Lahore and Simla, 1882-3 119 --
6 'The seething city': Lahore and the Family Square, 1883-4 148 --
7 'The Oldest Land': The Punjab and Simla, 1885 175 --
8 'In vigil or toil or ease': The Plains and the Hills, 1886 203 --
9 'Forty foolish yarns': From Lahore to Allahabad, 1887-8 235 --
10 'Who travels the fastest': Simla, Allahabad and an ending, 1888-9 265 --
11 'Life and Death . . . and Love and Fate': London and fame, 1889-91 293 --
12 'Try as he will': Weddings and funerals, Vermont and Sussex, 1892-9 321.
Responsibility: Charles Allen.

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"This is the story of the forgotten Kipling: 'Ruddy' the troubled youth eager to be accepted by Anglo-Indian society but too arrogant for his own good. A boy terrified of heat, darkness, and disease; a teenager who suffered a series of physical and mental breakdowns and turned to opiates for relief. A young man compelled to take dangerous 'night walks' into the native city of Lahore." "This is Ruddy the breaker of taboos: who visited prostitutes; who wrote about love across the racial divide and wives who committed adultery in the hill-stations; who wrote sympathetically about the drunks and vagabonds of the British underclass. But when Kipling used his pen to attack figures in the highest tiers of the establishment, he became too scandalous for British India's comfort. At twenty-three, Ruddy left India to make a name for himself in literary London." "This account of the first part of Ruddy's life, between 1865 and 1900, reveals the true Rudyard Kipling in all his complexities."--BOOK JACKET.

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