Rudyard Kipling

By Andrew Lycett
Read by Frederick Davidson

29.58 Hours 01/01/2000 unabridged
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This gripping biography mixes intimate detail with a thorough understanding of the social, intellectual, artistic, and political climate of the time to unravel the intricate story of the misunderstood genius who wrote Kim, The Jungle Books, and the poem “If.” Growing up in both England and India, this descendant of a high-achieving family crossed India’s established divide between ruler and subject as he explored the urban underworld and dabbled with opium. Recently discovered letters shed light on Kipling’s most intimate relationships and help explain how India influenced his personal, political, and literary development. Later, suffering from marital stress, the deaths of his son and daughter, and a wavering sanity, only iron self-control and love of the English countryside enable him to transmute his sadness and growing disillusion into his crystalline late short stories, which are gaining new appreciation today.

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Summary

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This gripping biography mixes intimate detail with a thorough understanding of the social, intellectual, artistic, and political climate of the time to unravel the intricate story of the misunderstood genius who wrote Kim, The Jungle Books, and the poem “If.”

Growing up in both England and India, this descendant of a high-achieving family crossed India’s established divide between ruler and subject as he explored the urban underworld and dabbled with opium. Recently discovered letters shed light on Kipling’s most intimate relationships and help explain how India influenced his personal, political, and literary development. Later, suffering from marital stress, the deaths of his son and daughter, and a wavering sanity, only iron self-control and love of the English countryside enable him to transmute his sadness and growing disillusion into his crystalline late short stories, which are gaining new appreciation today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Andrew Lycett’s biography is very good...especially good in his analysis of the marriage with Carrie.” Daily Telegraph
“Magnificently thorough biography...magisterial study.” Independent
“Fascinating...another valuable step along the road to restoring most of Kipling’s art, and much of his character, to comply with today’s more severe standards of respect.” Mail
“The best book on a misunderstood man for twenty years...Excellent on Kipling’s emotions.” Sunday Times
“Richly detailed...will still be read after the latest psycho-histories and literary deconstructions have deconstructed one another to bits.” Sunday Telegraph

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Author

Author Bio: Andrew Lycett

Andrew Lycett received a history degree from Oxford University before becoming a journalist at the Sunday Times (London), where he served as a foreign correspondent in Africa and the Middle East. He has written acclaimed biographies on Ian Fleming, Dylan Thomas, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, Muammar Qaddafi, and Rudyard Kipling. He lives in London.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 29.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English