Rudyard Kipling: Rewards and Fairies

Scope and Content

The complete autograph MS of 'Rewards and Fairies', including poems, such as 'The Road through the Woods' and 'If', 118 folios. On the flyleaf: 'Presented to Cambridge University Library by The Author 1926 Rudyard Kipling'. Attached to a flyleaf at the back is a letter from D. Gardner-Smith to A. F. Scholfield, Librarian, 21 July 1926.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, and joined the staff of the Civil and military gazette in Lahore in 1882. He began to make a name for himself through writing stories and verse, such as Departmental ditties (1886), Plain tales from the hills, Soldiers three, and Wee Willie Winkie (1888), before settling in London in 1889. He travelled widely, before establishing himself at Burwash in 1902. The publication of his novels The light that failed (1891), Many inventions (1893), the Jungle books (1894-1895), and Captain courageous (1897) established his fame. His later work included Kim (1901), the Just so stories for little children (1902) and 'Recessional' (1897). Rewards and fairies was first published in 1910. Kipling was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1907.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Rudyard Kipling, 1926.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Kipling in theConcise dictionary of national biography, Part II, 1901-1970 (Oxford University Press, 1982), p. 383.

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