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Rudyard Kipling: Something of Myself and Other Autobiographical Writings

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Rudyard Kipling's autobiography, Something of Myself, was the author's last work, but it has not received the serious attention it deserves. Thomas Pinney's edition of the work, supplemented by other autobiographical pieces, aims to change that. Professor Pinney, a leading textual editor currently engaged on Kipling's letters, has consulted the available source material re ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 28th 1991 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1937)
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Josh
Apr 06, 2008 Josh rated it really liked it
Kipling had a popularity with other writers (Joyce put his talent next to Tolstoy's; William and Henry James loved him) that seems mysterious until you actually read him. His sentences are dense and tactile - whole pages drip with details made resonant and powerful through economy, architecture, and one of the most eclectic vocabularies I've ever read. "Something of Myself" is his very self-protective memoir, interesting especially for the parts about India and writing. The last chapter, called ...more
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Short but (of course) beautifully written memoir with some brilliant insights on writing
Jay McNair
May 09, 2016 Jay McNair rated it liked it
The story we tell ourselves later about our lives isn't always the right one. This book is useful as an example of that. What John Bayley calls "one of the most significantly reticent autobiographies ever written." I don't want to write much about it. He has nice style, concrete incident, and occasionally glimpses of emotional resonance. That opening: "My first impression is of daybreak, light and colour and golden and purple fruits at the level of my shoulder.... Our evening walks were by the s ...more
Bjorn Vang
Dec 07, 2011 Bjorn Vang rated it really liked it
Despite RK being one of my all-time favorite authors and poets, until a few weeks ago, I never knew he wrote an autobiography! What a thrill to get real background information from the horse's mouth, and to learn that he had a much more varied life than I knew. Full of little pearls of wisdom, background on some of the more famous stories and poems, not to mention some relatively unknown ones. Short but sweet.
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Kipling's style was a bit too dry for me. Perhaps his modesty dictated the format, but I found it difficult to easily recognize important milestones in his life; much of the narrative was episodic and unfocused. I believe this has a lot to do with the fact that this work wasn't completed at the time of his death. In any event, I would not recommend this book.
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in
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