Picture of Rudyard Kipling, English novelist, poet and short story writer
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Kipling's "Permanent Contradictions"
On this day in 1936 Rudyard Kipling died at the age of seventy-one. Although a Nobel winner and one of England's most popular writers, by the time of his death Kipling was not merely forgotten but cartooned as a pith-helmeted jingoist. Recent biographers and critics, like Orwell and Borges and Edmund Wilson before them, find a more complex man and writer, perhaps one of "permanent contradictions."

 

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