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January 18, 2013

Kipling’s “Permanent Contradictions”

Rudyard Kipling   (1865 - 1936)

Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936)

On this day in 1936 Rudyard Kipling died at the age of seventy-one. Although a Nobel winner and one of England’s most popular writers, by the time of his death Kipling was not merely forgotten but cartooned as a pith-helmeted jingoist. Recent biographers and critics, like Orwell and Borges and Edmund Wilson before them, find a more complex man and writer, perhaps one of “permanent contradictions.”

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