Summer 1968 • Vol. XXX No. 3 Book Reviews |

Shorter Reviews: Rudyard Kipling: Realist and Fabulist

Rudyard Kipling: Realist and Fabulist by Bonamy Dobrée. Oxford University Press, $5.75. Addressing a meeting of the Kipling Society in 1958, T. S. Eliot spoke of the "feeling, almost a superstition, that it is a kind of obligation laid upon me to testify for Rudyard Kipling whenever the opportunity presents itself." Curiously, this almost mystical sense of mission has not been Eliot's alone. Throughout a long and honorable scholarly career, Bonamy Dobrée, too—like some latter-day Ancient Mariner—has frequently been seized with the compulsion to "testify" for Kipling, and the fervor of his advocacy over the years has no doubt caused more than one wedding guest to be late for the cold buffet. Dobrée first published a commentary on Kipling in Eliot's Criterion in 1927, an essay which was to become, two years later, a chapter in his much-admired collection of critical essays, The Lamp and the Lute. But this did not end the matter; indeed, it hardly began it. In 1951, Dobrée

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