The manuscript material is composed of sheets of verse from The diversity of creatures (1917) and The eyes of Asia. There is also a letter from Kipling to James Couper H. Brash and A. Christian Gillan declining an invitation to be nominated as a candidate in the Edinburgh University rectorial election, 1935.
Collection of papers relating to Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-393
- Dates of Creation20th century
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description1 volume (182 pp. of manuscripts), 1 letter.
- LocationDk.2.8; Gen.1733/20
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Administrative / Biographical History
The author Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay on 30 December 1865. He was the son of the architectural sculptor and designer John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911) and a cousin of Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947). He was educated at United Services College, Westward Ho! North Devon. In 1882, he joined the staff of the Civil and military gazette and pioneer in Lahore, and became Assistant Editor serving until 1889. He then settled in London though travelled widely in China, Japan, America, Africa, and Australia. From 1902 he lived in Burwash. His early writing included Plain tales from the hills (1887), Soldiers three and Wee Willie Winkie. Other stories and verse such as The light that failed (1891), The jungle book (1894), Second jungle book (1895), and Captains Courageous (1897) brought him to the height of his fame. His publications also included Barrack-room ballads (1897), Kim (1901), the Just so stories for little children (1902), Puck of Pook's hill (1906), and A school history of England (1911). In 1907 Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Rudyard Kipling, who was a cousin of Stanley Baldwin, died on 18 January 1936.
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In local Index, volume original manuscripts gifted by Rudyard Kipling to Edinburgh University and transmitted through Mrs. Kipling, 1936, noted Acc.23034. Letter, acquired from J. C. H. Brash, April 1982, Accession no. E82.25.
The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1929-1940. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1941. (2) The dictionary of national biography. The concise dictionary. Part 2. 1901-1970. Oxford: OUP, 1982.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
Other Finding Aids
Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.
Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.