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A Kipling Companion by Norman Page (auth.)

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He 30 A Kipling Companion was born in Pickering, Yorkshire, and educated at Woodhouse Grove School, a Methodist boarding school near Bradford. After working in Staffordshire as a potter, he studied art at South Kensington and became an artist and sculptor. On 18 March 1865 he married Alice Macdonald at St Mary Abbots' Church, Kensington, and sailed to India with his new wife immediately after the marriage. There he became Principal ofa new school of art in Born ba y and la ter ( 1880) moved to a similar post at Lahore with which was combined the curatorship of the Lahore Museum (see the opening chapter ofKim).

R. L. Green has described it as the 'first major attack on Kipling for brutality, war mongering and illiberalism'. It elicited a reply from Walter Besant defending Kipling (Contemporary Review, LXXVII, 1900). The two essays, with a further contribution by Buchanan, were published in a small volume (New York, 1900), and both are reprinted in Kipling: The Critical Heritage. For a representative quotation, see the section 'Points of View' below. BURNE-JONES, GEORGIANA (nee Macdonald) (l84~1920) was Kipling's maternal aunt ('Aunt Georgie').

Kipling met him in South Africa in 1891 and in London in 1897. A friendship developed when Kipling visited South Africa in 1898, and every year from 1900 to 1908 the Kiplings stayed at The Woolsack, a house Rhodes had built on his estate under Carrie Kipling's supervision. The Kiplings contributed to the discussions that led to the establishment of the Rhodes Scholarships in Rhodes's will. They were in South Africa when Rhodes died, visited him frequently during his last days, and Kipling composed verses which he recited at the funeral and of which part was engraved on Rhodes's memorial.

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