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Kipling's Art of Fiction 1884-1901$
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David Sergeant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199684588

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684588.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Kipling's Art of Fiction 1884-1901

David Sergeant

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which focuses on Kipling’s literary craftsmanship to explain both the sophistication of some of his fiction, and how other work attempted to serve his political aims. Kipling’s fiction can be divided into two separate blocks, which the book terms ‘authoritarian’ and ‘complex’: the first is coercive and strongly affiliated to his imperial beliefs, the second is more elusive and aesthetically sophisticated. This perspective is twinned with a detailed attention to changes in Kipling’s readership and location to produce a newly coherent account of his career until 1901 and the publication of his masterpiece Kim.

Keywords:   Kipling, literary craftsmanship, political, authoritarian, complex, imperial, readership, Kim

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