Rudyard Kipling, a Friendly Profile

Rudyard Kipling, a Friendly Profile

Rudyard Kipling, a Friendly Profile

Rudyard Kipling, a Friendly Profile

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RUDYARD KIPLING: A FRIENDLY PROFILE is based on a rough draft, compiled over a period of years, for "a book sometime" by my husband, William M. Carpenter. Since his death and that of Mr. Kipling many eliminations, additions and changes have been necessary. His interest in Kipling began in his youth with the purchase in 1888 of a paper copy of the pirated edition of PLAIN TALES FROM THE HILLS. He was interested in the man as well as the writer, and near the end of his life had acquired a comprehensive Kipling collection--one of the finest in the country--comprising a complete library of first editions, several choice presentation copies, manuscripts, corrected proofs, numerous autograph letters and photographs. The assembling of this material through long years of an active business life is a monument to the therapeutic value of a hobby. It has been presented to the Library of Congress, Rare Book Collection, as a permanent memorial to William M. Carpenter.

Excerpts from the autograph letters are used only to verify a statement or disprove prevailing misrepresentations. Much of the information of the Indian years was obtained from direct correspondence with the American friend of the young Kipling, whose memory treasured that early friendship. The pages of the KIPLING JOURNAL bear witness to the character and personality of Kipling as known to his intimates. The account of his life in Brattleboro is substantiated by a careful study of source material and by letters from and conversations with people who knew the family when they lived at Naulakha. The manuscripts and corrected proofs referred to are products of Kipling's American period in our collection.

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