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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936): Writing His Time
Wed 25 May 2016, 18:30 – 20:00 BST
Rudyard Kipling's life spanned a remarkable period of transition and change. Born just over a hundred and fifty years ago in 1865, he died eighty years ago this year, in 1936. Achieving global fame for his representation of India at the height of Empire, he also responded to the birth of the modern world we know in a remarkable range of different artistic forms and voices - from verse to the novel Kim, and from writing for children (including The Jungle Books and The Just So Stories) to the extraordinary range of his later short stories. Though he remains a highly controversial figure, that he was one of literature's most talented writers, especially in the range of his use of language, is not in doubt. Using examples mainly drawn from his poems, this talk surveys Kipling's achievement.
Howard J. Booth is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester. Among his publications is The Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling (Cambridge University Press, 2011).