> Yes, I know that Kipling is not really the in thing
> and people think of him as a fascist etc. (they're
> even knocking him in the "Poessays" now -- ugh)
> _but_ I have a specific reason for wanting to read
> a good biography of him. If I were to read only one,
> can any of you suggest which one it should be?
Angus Wilson wrote a very readable biography a while back - called "The
Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling", I think.
I think Kipling at his best is marvellous - in his prose showing you the
bits of society that other late Victorian novelists hardly knew existed.
His verse I'm more ambivalent about. Some of it's very narrow and bullying,
but "Danny Deever" is one of the great poems of all time.
And "Gunga Din" is one of those poems I mentioned a few posts back that
keeps coming back like an infuriating catchy tune - and once it's reminded
me of its existence, won't go away all day.
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