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Carrington, Charles C. Rudyard Kipling. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1955. This book is the standard biography of Kipling and demonstrates the relationship between the author's life and his work.

Dobree, Bonamy. Rudyard Kipling: Realist and Fabulist. London: Oxford University Press, 1967. This book explores Kipling's central themes and deals with the problem of his colonialist ideas.

Gilbert, Eliott, ed. Kipling and His Critics. New York: New York University Press, 1965. This work reviews the first critical responses to Kipling's work.

Rao, K. Bhaskara. "Rudyard Kipling." In Critical Survey of Long Fiction, edited by Frank N. Magill. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press, 1983. A helpful survey of Kipling's life and three of his most important novels.

Rutherford, Andrew, ed. Kipling's Mind and Art: Selected Critical Essays. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1964. A good anthology presenting a wide range of subjects.

Shahne, Vasant A. Rudyard Kipling: Activist and Artist. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press: 1973. This study examines the Indian background of Kipling's writing and has an especially helpful discussion of the subject of Buddhism in Kim.

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