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A new pattern in a shift of light : a study of Rudyard Kipling as a 20th century writer Snider, Philip R.


For most of the hundred years or so that Rudyard Kipling's works have been available in print, they have suffered under a certain amount of critical disapprobation. In many cases such criticism has been politically motivated, particularly among writers and critics of the Modernist movement. This is a paradox because, in his best works, Kipling shows a strong affinity for Modernist issues as demonstrated in his concern for the themes of isolation and abandonment, and the quest for healing, and in his use of indeterminate narrative structure. The dichotomies in his life and work have also resulted in profound misunderstandings of his writings. Nevertheless, his subjects and methods combine to establish Rudyard Kipling as a powerful and significant 20th century writer.

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