Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865 and spent his early years there, before being sent, aged six, to England, a desperately unhappy experience. Charles Allen's great-grandfather brought the sixteen-year-old Kipling back out to India to work on The Civil and Military Gazette with the words 'Kipling will do', and thus set young Rudyard on his literary course. And so it was that at the start of the cold weather of 1882 he stepped ashore at Bombay on 18 October 1882 - 'a prince entering his kingdom'. He stayed for seven years during which he wrote the work that established him as a popular and critical, sometimes controversial, success. Charles Allen has written a brilliant account of those years - of an Indian childhood and coming of age, of abandonment in England, of family and Empire. He traces the Indian experiences of Kipling's parents, Lockwood and Alice, and reveals what kind of culture the young writer was born into and then returned to when still a teenager. It is a work of fantastic sympathy for a man - though not blind to Kipling's failings - and the country he loved.
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Very Good, 1st Edition. Thick Royal 8vo. xix + 426pp. Profuse illustrations, several coloured, coloured illustrated endpapers. Clean tight sound square in red lettered brown cloth with impressed mark to upper board, otherwise very good. With coloured pictorial dustwrapper gently rubbed to spine.Review:
'A delightful evocation of late 19th century India and an acute study of Kipling's genius: utterly absorbing.'
'Allen has done his subject proud with a biography of great sensitivity, insight and rare charm' -- MAIL ON SUNDAY
'Allen's KIPLING SAHIB is an excellent, immensely readable, strikingly illustrated introduction to this lost complexity' -- INDEPENDENT
'Allen's Kipling is certainly engaging - complex, truculent, rash and frank to the point of social suicide . . . excellent' -- SUNDAY TIMES
'Charles Allen's book ... should help to restore [Kipling] to his rightful place in the literary pantheon' -- LITERARY REVIEW
'[Allen provides] a wealth of background detail all the stronger for the author having himself spent an Anglo-Indian childhood'
'[KIPLING SAHIB] extends our knowledge, and deepens our undertanding, of the greatest English writer of his generation' -- Allan Massie, TELEGRAPH
'delicious detail and an unfailing command of [the] material' -- Ferdinand Mount, SPECTATOR
[A] compelling portrait of Kipling set against the background of India... a vibrant picture of the white and brown worlds explored and mapped by his inky, balding, bespectacled, moustached and fiercely cleft-chinned hero.
-- The Literary Review
`KIPLING SAHIB is the best book on its subject, and on British India, for years'
-- SUNDAY HERALD
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Descrizione libro Little, Brown, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. 448 pages. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0316726559