Rudyard Kipling in Vermont: Birthplace of The Jungle Books

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Kipling's four productive years in Vermont comprise one of the most fascinating chapters in American literary history. Murray tells the tale with a splendid selection of Kipling's poems which help to bring his subjects to life. His generous use of quotations from letters, diaries, the press, and sundry other sources puts the reader personally into the vivid tapestry of the most productive period in the life of this world-renowned poet, novelist, teller of children's tales, essayist, and proud father.
- John A. Wallace, former Director of the School for International Training, Kipling Road, Brattleboro, Vermont

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Stuart Murray has written twelve works of fiction and ten of nonfiction. Murray's nonfiction 'America's Song,' the story of 'Yankee Doodle,' was in Booklist's top ten books on music for 1999 and was awarded third place in the history category as ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year for 1999. 'Rudyard Kipling in Vermont' was selected a national finalist in Independent Publisher's biography category in 1997. Having served as fiction editor for a leading book producer, Murray has worked on more than twenty historical novels, and with a number of best-selling authors. A journalist, editor, and writer for more than twenty-five years, Murray loves with his family in New York's Hudson River Valley.

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Rudyard Kipling and Vermont do not tend to be terms closely associated in most people's heads. Vermont is that gently rolling New England state. Kipling is that saber-rattling apologist for Victorian English Imperialism. After reading Stuart Murray's book, however, the two terms will not be so simple to divide. After marrying an American woman, Kipling built a spacious house in Vermont, where he wrote The Jungle Books. Kipling loved the Vermont landscape. His first child was born there. He would probably have remained in Vermont, had not trouble erupted with his wife's alcoholic brother. Murray does a masterful job of weaving together Kipling's writing, biographical details, and source material from the time, including newspaper articles, court records, and photographs taken without Kipling's knowledge. What emerges is a tragic tale of a man haunted by his status as an outsider everywhere, his incredible international fame, and his need for privacy and family. Part history, part biography, part literary criticism, this book reads like a novel and remains in the mind. Rudyard Kipling in Vermont: Birthplace of the Jungle Books may well begin a complete reexamination of Kipling's life and work. -- From Independent Publisher

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