Something of Myself, Rudyard Kipling's memoir of his writing life, was composed in the year before he died and published posthumously.
It's spare, polished phrases and masterly anecdotes offer a unique insight into the mind of this divided man who upheld the Victorian imperialist values of duty, patriotism and obedience, and yet sympathised with outlaws and children.
Kipling describes with unforgettable vividness his bitter childhood years in the 'House of Desolation', his apprenticeship to the craft of writing through the hard grind of journalism in British India, his beloved parents and his pride in his own work.
Reissued with a new introduction by Jan Montefiore, author of the brilliant recent study Rudyard Kipling, this memoir is indispensable reading not only for Kipling admirers, but for anyone who cares about the art and craft of writing.
About the Author
Rudyard Joseph Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865. In 1882 he started work as a journalist in India, and while there produced a body of work, stories, sketches and poems notably Plain Tales from the Hills (1888) which made him an instant literary celebrity when he returned to England the following year.
In 1901 Kim appeared and was followed in 1902 by the Just So Stories. Tales of every kind including historical and science fiction continued to flow from his pen, but Kim is generally thought to be his greatest long work, putting him high among the chroniclers of British expansion. He was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize, in 1907.
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Comments about Rudyard Kipling : Something Of Myself:
I am a huge Kipling fan and love his stories, however this one fails to ignite much enthusiasm because some passages are written in a fashion that belongs to decades ago. One has to be familiar with events of his early days to fully appreciate the context of the words. His recounting of his early days in "The House of Desolation" is sadly informative of his brutal childhood. How he overcame these vicissitudes is I suppose testament to his character. I expected to find a book containing illuminating passages but it revealed an "ordinary" life rather than the wonderful prose his books contain.
Series: Wordsworth Literary Lives
Number Of Pages: 122
Published: 5th March 2008
Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 12.6 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.098