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The long recessional : the imperial life of Rudyard Kipling

Author: David Gilmour
Publisher: London : J. Murray, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Rudyard Kipling was a unique figure in British history, a great writer and a great imperial icon. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature, he added more phrases to the language than any man since Shakespeare, yet he was also the Apostle of the British Empire, a man who incarnated an era for millions of people who did not normally read poetry." "A child of the Victorian age of imperial self-confidence, Kipling lived  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Rudyard Kipling; Rudyard Kipling; Rudyard Kipling; Rudyard Kipling
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Gilmour
ISBN: 0719555396 9780719555398
OCLC Number: 59411212
Awards: Winner of Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography 2003.
Description: xii, 351 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I Child of empire: ejections from paradise; a newsman in Lahore; the Anglo-Indian Chronicle; cities of dreadful night; a sense of empire. Part II: the long trail home; the American years; the prophet's burden; Rhodes and Milner; lessons from the Boers. Part III Cassandra's dominions: the discovery of England; the colonial sisterhood; liberal treacheries; in defence of privilege. Part IV Jeremiah's laments: Egypt and Ulster; Armageddon; the pain of peace; bonfires on the ice.
Responsibility: David Gilmour.

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Rudyard Kipling was a unique figure in British history, a great writer and a great imperial icon. While previous studies of Kipling have concentrated on his writing and on his domestic life, this  Read more...

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"Gilmour tells the story well and brings out the contours of Kipling's "imperial life" more clearly than previous biographers." -- The London Magazine

 
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