Rudyard Kipling


You are viewing an older version of the Yalebooks website. Please visit out new website with more updated information and a better user experience:

The Books I Leave Behind

David Alan Richards

View Inside Format: Cloth
Price: $30.00
Our shopping cart only supports Mozilla Firefox. Please ensure you're using that browser before attempting to purchase.

Equally adept at humor writing, tales for children, and adventure stories, Rudyard Kipling holds a singular place in the pantheon of great English writers. This book celebrates the Nobel Prize winner’s multifaceted achievements and, with 80 full-color illustrations, underscores the variety and breadth of his printed production. An introductory essay by David Alan Richards, whose extensive Kipling collection is among the finest in the world, traces the challenges and joys of building a Kipling bibliography. Thomas Pinney, emeritus professor of English at Pomona College, contributes an essay on how collecting Kipling reflects the writer’s literary status.


The book is organized chronologically, beginning with Kipling’s birth in India in 1865 and extending to movies, plays, and new editions of his works that have appeared since his death in 1936. The selected items create a time line of his life and popular works, including The Jungle Books and The Just So Stories. Admirers of Kipling’s genius and lovers of literature in general will appreciate this rare glimpse into his extraordinary world. 


Distributed for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

David Alan Richards served as guest curator for the Rudyard Kipling exhibition at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2007. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, he is partner, McCarter & English LLP, New York City.

'In his fluent introduction David Alan Richards, whose own collections of Kipling material is shown here, notes that Kipling's work is the one bright red thread running through two main strands in his life, one which was the administration of the British Empire under the Raj, the other being the cataclysm of the First World War.'  - Richard Edmonds, Birmingham Post
ISBN: 9780300126747
Publication Date: July 28, 2007
Publishing Partner: Distributed for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
148 pages, x
80 color illus.