Kipling Sahib (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
Charles Allen’s Kipling Sahib relates the story of Rudyard Kipling’s early life, his development as a writer, and his conquest of the reading public in India, Great Britain, the United States, and elsewhere. His poems “The White Man’s Burden” and “The Recessional” captured in different ways the glories and responsibilities of Western imperialism, while “Danny Deaver” caught the pathos of a condemned British soldier going to his death. Barrack-Room Ballads, and Other Verses (1892) portrayed ordinary soldiers, rather than their officers, and in “Gunga Din” Kipling honored the humble Indian water carrier. His novel Kim (1901) is among the greatest novels about India, and for generations children have avidly read The Jungle Book (1894) and The Second Jungle Book (1895), which tells the tales of the human child Mowgli being raised by a wolf named Raksha, as well as the ever-popular Just So Stories (1902).
Kipling’s parents were middle class. John Lockwood Kipling was trained as a modeler in clay and carving bas-reliefs. He worked on the Albert Memorial in London, among other projects. Alice Macdonald and her sisters made their mark through marriage and motherhood. Alice was the mother of Rudyard, Georgie married the prominent pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, and Louisa was the mother of Stanley Baldwin, British prime minister during the 1920’s and 1930’s.
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