Kimball on Kipling

Roger Kimball writes a wonderful review of Rudyard Kipling’s poetry, which concludes: The key word is “civilization.” Kipling was above all the laureate not of Empire, but of civilization, especially civilization under siege. Henry James once sniffed that there was only one strain absent in Kipling: that of “the civilized man.” It’s a frequent refrain. But in a deeper sense, Kipling was about almost nothing … Continue reading Kimball on Kipling