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'Kipling and America'

Thomas Pinney, Pomona College

Fri, September 10, 2010 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

3:00 PM

Rudyard Kipling had a love-hate relationship with the United States, never resolved. He married an American woman, and built a house in Vermont, where two of his children were born and where he wrote The Jungle Books (1894-95), The Seven Seas (1896) and Captains Courageous (1897).  But he left the country in disgust, and for the last half of his life refused to set foot in it again.  What lay behind all this?  And why should we care?

Thomas Pinney is William M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and former chairman of the Department of English at Pomona College.  He has also taught at Hamilton College and at Yale.  He has edited the letters of Lord Macaulay in six volumes and of Rudyard Kipling in another six, and is the author of a two-volume history of wine in America.  He is currently editing a volume of Kipling's complete poems.

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