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FZ-250278-16
Kipling's Ark: The Making and Unmaking of an American Writer
Christopher Benfey, Mount Holyoke College

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Rudyard Kipling in America (Article)
Title: Rudyard Kipling in America
Author: Christopher Benfey
Abstract: udyard Kipling used to be a household name. Born in 1865 in Bombay, where his father taught at an arts school, and then exiled as a boy to England, he returned to India as a teen-ager, and quickly established himself as the great chronicler of the Anglo-Indian experience. He was Britain’s first Nobel laureate in literature, and probably the most widely read writer since Tennyson. People knew his poems by heart, read his stories to their children. The Queen wanted to knight him. But in recent years Kipling’s reputation has taken such a beating that it’s a wonder any sensible critic would want to go near him now. Kipling has been variously labelled a colonialist, a jingoist, a racist, an anti-Semite, a misogynist, a right-wing imperialist warmonger; and—though some scholars have argued that his views were more complicated than he is given credit for—to some degree he really was all those things. That he was also a prodigiously gifted writer who created works of inarguable greatness hardly matters anymore, at least not in many classrooms, where Kipling remains politically toxic.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/07/08/rudyard-kipling-in-america
Publisher: The New Yorker

Taking Another Look at the Author of 'The White Man's Burden' (Article)
Title: Taking Another Look at the Author of 'The White Man's Burden'
Author: Christopher Benfey
Abstract: White men’s burdens are not much in vogue these days; it would be difficult to think of a writer as firmly out of fashion as Rudyard Kipling. The very name seems to waft our way on a plume of cigar smoke. It was an oddity even in Kipling’s time. “Is it a man or a woman?” an early publisher asked, on first hearing it. (Kipling’s parents had fallen in love in Staffordshire, at a picnic on Lake Rudyard. One wonders about their second child, known as Trix.)
Year: 2019
Primary URL: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/07/books/review/if-christopher-benfey-kipling.html
Format: Newspaper
Publisher: The New York Times


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