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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book shows how Rudyard Kipling struck as an anti-imperialist Christian contemporary. It also shows how literary readings of Kipling have become increasingly politicized. The book focuses on appreciating the qualities of Kipling's prose, while viewing his psychology as a man who 'never got over' the experiences of his childhood and youth. It discusses Kipling's romanticised view of South Africa, his political affiliations and his relationships with political leaders. The book also discusses his hero-worship of Cecil John Rhodes, his hatred of the Boers and his indifference to black Africans. It provides the anxieties about the future of the British Empire in which the Boers' resistance had raised. The book also focuses principally on the peacetime vision of 'Englishness' in the 'Puck' books which Kipling shared with the war poets.

In Time’s eye

Essays on Rudyard Kipling

Editor: Jan Montefiore

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