Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling : His Life and Works. First Edition in dustjacket,

By: WILSON, Angus KIPLING, Rudyard

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WILSON, Angus. The Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling : His Life and Works. London : Secker & Warburg, (1977). First Edition. Pp (6),[vii]-xiv,1-370 + 56b&w plates. 8vo, light brick orange cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Stape & Thomas, Angus Wilson : A Bibliography A19a. Sir Angus Frank Johnstone-Wilson, CBE (b. August 11, 1913, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex - d. May 31, 1991, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk). .Joseph Rudyard Kipling (b. December 30, 1865 – d. January 18, 1936) was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet,and novelist. "Rudyard Kipling is a literary colossus who bestrides and fo rms the English imagination. The fantasies that he wrought into identifiable shape have embedded themselves deeply into the consciousness of generations. Puck of Pook's Hill, Stalky & Co., Kim, the Jungle Books, Mowgli himself, the archetypal privates of oldiers Three, and the innumerable phrases from his verse that haunt our memory, these are among the formatve inflences on the English reader's imagination. In this penetrating study of the nature of Kipling's genius, Angus Wilson analyses the forces that determined theemergence, and the durability, of a myth. He examines the influences absor bed from Kipling's talented but unorthodox parents, from the families the child was lodged with, from his school companions and from his unconventional teachers. He traces Kipling's absorption in the mysteries of crafts of all kinds, follows the author's own growth as a supreme craftsman, and throwsinto high relief the paradoxes that informed Kipling's own development. He re was a public figure who became famous through the working out of his private fantasies, a man absorbed with professionalism who was as capable of disaster as he was equipped to attain triumph. Here was the public figure engaged in public issues yet unable to face the crowds that clamoured for hisrecognition. Here was a man excited by machinery, yet able to absorb only its most parochial implications. Here was a man who could enter the souls of men and women outside the range of any other writer, yet who could never explore his own soul. Throughout his career, Kipling was haunted by a senseof the fragility of the ties that bind human relationships, by a wickedly clear vision of the frailty of the pillars upon which society stands. His vision of precarious post-Mutiny British India is the finest symbol in all literature of the doubts that beset men after Darwin destroyed their faith. In this scintillating investigation, Angus Wilson dissects the forces that drove a towering, flawed and paradoxical genius - and shows us that, despite the flaws, the genius remains indisputable." (from the dj). Binding a little splayed, short tear to upper inner corner of three plates, else very good in spine-faded but unclipped dustjacket. 25.00

Title: Strange Ride of Rudyard Kipling : His Life and Works. First Edition in dustjacket,

Author Name: WILSON, Angus KIPLING, Rudyard

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Publisher: Secker & Warburg, London, 1977,:

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