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If : the untold story of Kipling's American years, Christopher Benfey

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If : the untold story of Kipling's American years
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the untold story of Kipling's American years
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Christopher Benfey
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Language
eng
Summary
"Rudyard Kipling once towered over not just English literature, but indeed the entire literary world. In 1907, at just forty-two, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming its youngest winner and the first in the English language. Today, however, when he is read, if indeed he is read at all, it is regarding the history of colonial India, his birthplace and the setting of some his most famous work, and to a lesser extent England, his ancestral home. But, in fact, Kipling's most prodigious and creative period took place in America, which was also his preferred home. It was here, on the crest of a Vermont hillside overlooking the Connecticut River, that Kipling wrote both The Jungle Book and Captains Courageous. And here where his ascent to fame was most rapid. Almost certainly, he would have stayed in the United States, understanding himself not just to be an American but a particularly American artist, had a family dispute not forced his departure in 1896. Steeped in the history of the Gilded Age, Christopher Benfey brings to life in fresh revelatory detail American Kipling, tracing a great but today deeply unfashionable writer's intense personal, political, and artistic involvement with the United States. He offers an overdue reminder of Kipling's extraordinary influence in his own lifetime, as well as a compelling portrait of the American artists and writers he both influenced and was influence by, including William James and, in particular, Mark Twain--who Kipling sought out specifically as kindred spirit when he first arrived, and before long had eclipsed in literary fame and critical estimation. Intertwining biography, criticism, and history, IF restores judiciously a true story of great American artistry"--
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Biography type
individual biography
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1954-
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Benfey, Christopher E. G.
Dewey number
  • 828/.809
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR4856
LC item number
.B39 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Kipling, Rudyard
  • Kipling, Rudyard
  • Authors, English
  • Authors, English
  • Literature and society
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If : the untold story of Kipling's American years, Christopher Benfey
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-233) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9780735221437
Lccn
2018058060
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
2018058060
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If : the untold story of Kipling's American years, Christopher Benfey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-233) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
242 pages
Isbn
9780735221437
Lccn
2018058060
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
2018058060

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