New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1916. Half-leather to marbled boards.
Half red morroco to matching gilt-ruled marbled boards, endpages match , top edge gilt. Five spine bands with gilt floral insertsThe bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear. 8v0 8.25 inches tall; 375 pages with indexes of first lines and titles.
Near Fine / No Dust Jacket As Issued. Item #16661
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English novelist, short-story writer, poet, and journalist. He was born in British India, which inspired much of his work.
Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1907, at the age of 42, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize and its youngest recipient to date. He was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, both of which he declined.
Kipling's subsequent reputation has changed per the political and social climate of the age and the resulting contrasting views about him continued for much of the 20th century.
George Orwell called him a "prophet of British imperialism". However, as the age of the European empires recedes, he is recognized as an incomparable, if controversial, interpreter of how an empire was experienced. That and increasing recognition of his extraordinary narrative gifts place him among the greats of English literature.