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  • Published: 15 January 2000
  • ISBN: 9780712664714
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $29.99

The Unforgiving Minute

A Life of Rudyard Kipling




A vivid study of Kipling's life in relation to his work, cutting through the myths that surround him.

The stories of Rudyard Kipling are read all over the world, by people of all ages, yet no biography has fully explored the complex link between his fascinating life and his writing; untill this one. Harry Ricketts brings Kipling vividly and touchingly to life - his traumatic childhood, split between India and England (haunting the powerful Jungle Books); his youth as a reporter in India, troubled by love and politics; his entry into London literary life and his often hilarious travels in America. Ricketts explores Kiplings's imperialism and radicaism, and traces his increasing reclusiveness after his son's death in the First World War. The dramatic life is backed by subtle readings of the works , from the BARRACK-ROOM BALLADS to KIM and STALKY AND CO. With its strong narrative drive, this biography entrals and moves, while shining a strong new light on a great writer.

  • Pub date: 15 January 2000
  • ISBN: 9780712664714
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Harry Ricketts

Harry Ricketts is a poet, writer and critic. After studying English at Oxford he lectured in Hong Kong and Leicester and now teaches literature and creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. In addition to his collections of poetry, essays - and brilliant studies of cricket - his critical books include the acclaimed biography The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling.

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