Kipling Sahib (Hardcover)
India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling
Pegasus Books, 9781605980317, 426pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2009
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He arrived in Bombay on October 18, 1882--"a prince entering his kingdom"--and for the next seven years, his writing established him as a popular and critical, though sometimes controversial, success. Allen has written a brilliant account of these formative years--as a child in India, his unhappy years in England, and his coming of age back "home" in Bombay. In this tale of family and Empire, Allen traces the Indian experiences of Kipling's parents, Lockwood and Alice, and reveals what kind of culture the young writer was born into and how it would shape his life and writing over the next twenty years.