Kipling in India
Rudyard Kipling at 26, three years after he published Plain Tales from the Hills
Image: Rex USA/Everett Collection, 1891 portrait by John Collier
Ever since I read Kipling's Baa Baa Black Sheep, and closed his story unable to see for tears, I have known Kipling was a writer for the ages and a writer for me.
Today in the Wall Street Journal, Elizabeth Lowry reviews a new biography, Kipling Sahib. The book focuses on Kipling in India, and appears to fall short in one important way.
But Elizabeth leaves me wanting to read all of Kipling - his "small miracles of compression" in Plain Tales, which subtly satirize and extol the Anglo-Indian experience, his "puzzle" stories, the mature works which deal head-on "with the most pressing concerns of the modern age" and his ghost story They.