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Rudyard Kipling

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Rudyard Kipling, a writer sometimes described as the poet of empire.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the life and work of Rudyard Kipling. Born in Bombay in 1865, Kipling has been described as the poet of Empire, celebrated for fictional works including Kim and The Jungle Book. Today his poem 'If--' remains one of the best known in the English language. Kipling was amongst the first writers in English to develop the short story as a literary form in its own right, and was the first British recipient of a Nobel Prize for Literature. A literary celebrity of the Edwardian era, Kipling's work for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission played a major role in Britain's cultural response to the First World War.


Howard Booth, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester

Daniel Karlin, Winterstoke Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol

Jan Montefiore, Professor of Twentieth Century English Literature at the University of Kent

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

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Howard Booth at the University of Manchester

Daniel Karlin at the University of Bristol

Jan Montefiore at the University of Kent

The Kipling Society

The New Readers’ Guide to the works of Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling - Wikipedia



Charles Allen, Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling 1865-1900 (Abacus, 2008)

Howard J. Booth (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling (Cambridge University Press, 2011)

Charles Carrington, Rudyard Kipling: His Life and Work (first published Macmillan 1955; revised edition, 1978)

T. S. Eliot (ed.), A Choice of Kipling’s Verse (first published 1941; Faber & Faber, 1976)

Rudyard Kipling (ed. Cedric Watts), Kim (first published 1901; Wordsworth Editions, 1994)

Rudyard Kipling (ed. W. W. Robson), The Jungle Books (first published 1894 and 1895; Oxford Paperbacks, 2008)

Rudyard Kipling, Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling (Wordsworth Editions, 1994)

Rudyard Kipling (ed. Jan Montefiore) The Man Who Would be King and Other Stories (Penguin Classics, 2011)

Andrew Lycett, Rudyard Kipling (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999)

Jan Montefiore, Rudyard Kipling: Writers and their Work (Northcote House Publishers Ltd, 2007)

Jan Montefiore, In Time’s Eye: Essays on Rudyard Kipling (Manchester University Press, 2013)

George Orwell, My Country Right or Left 1940-1943: The Collected Essays Journalism & Letters of George Orwell volume 2 (David R Godine, 2000) including his essay on Rudyard Kipling (first published 1942)

Harry Ricketts, The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling (Chatto, 1999)

J. M. S. Tompkins, The Art of Rudyard Kipling (first published 1959, Methuen, 1965)



Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Howard Booth
Interviewed Guest Daniel Karlin
Interviewed Guest Jan Montefiore
Producer Luke Mulhall


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