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Uli Knoepflmacher lecture: “Rudyard Kipling”
June 11, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
2015 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudyard Kipling . Kipling is usually identified with India and is considered to be an “imperialist.” He had indeed achieved immense fame as a very young man in India and in England with his poetry, newspaper reports, and short stories. Yet it was in America that Kipling became an author of children’s literature. A good many American readers still aren’t aware that his first and second JUNGLE BOOKSwere written in Vermont, where he had settled with his American wife and where his first two children were born. His first three “Just-So Stories for Little Children” were told to his first born “American maiden” and published in the U.S., as were most of stories of the first JUNGLE BOOK. Even KIM, his best known novel, was begun in Vermont, though it appeared after the Kiplings had abruptly left New England to return to Britain, right after the publication of CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS, a boy’s book set in Massachusetts. What made Kipling want to become an American author? What impelled him to leave New England and to resettle in the country he had left behind?