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A Book of Words, Kipling’s own selection of his speeches published in 1928, reflects a variety of topics and audiences. He spoke to schoolboys about literature, to Brazilians about “the spirit of the Latin,” to the Royal Geographical Society about travel, to navy men about sailors, to ship owners about shipping, to university students about independence. Many of his speeches have remained uncollected and virtually unknown. A Second Book of Words collects what Kipling left uncollected. The speeches in this new book date from 1884 to 1935. We see Kipling at different moments before different audiences. We hear how he talked to his Sussex neighbors, or how he addressed a parliamentary committee, or a South African election meeting, or a club of London doctors, or his fellow honorary degree recipients at Cambridge. The more substantial, formal speeches are equally various, marked by Kipling’s mastery of language, a few passing over into a violent extravagance of feeling—the attack on the Liberal government in the speech of 16 May 1914 or the speech on war aims of 15 February 1918. Usually, however, the tone is urbane, the artistic aim to instruct through delight. Kipling knew that the maker of speeches and the poet were subject to the same law: “Unless they please they are not heard at all.” A Second Book of Words adds another forty-eight speeches to the thirty-eight that Kipling chose to make public, printing all the known uncollected speeches—long or short, carefully meditated or spontaneous, tendentious or diplomatic. Another twenty-five for which no text has so far been found are identified, as are the speeches that he is known to have written for members of the royal family.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Abbreviations
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  1. At the Punjab Club, Lahore
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  1. To the Tokyo Club
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  1. To the Authors’ Club
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  1. On the Retirement of Cormell Price
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  1. To the Society of Medical Phonographers
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  1. To the Anglo-African Writers’ Club
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  1. At a Navy League Meeting, Rottingdean
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  1. At a Recruiting Meeting, Rottingdean
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  1. At a Dinner for Lord Roberts, Bloemfontein Railway Station
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. To the South African Hospitals Commission
  2. pp. 17-19
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  1. At a Meeting of the Navy League, Rottingdean
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  1. At the Opening of the Rifle Range, Sydenham
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  1. At a Meeting of the Cape Town Progressive Association
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  1. To the Electors of Rondebosch
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  1. To the Automobile Club of South Africa
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  1. To the Students of Durham University
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  1. To the Canadian Club, Vancouver
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  1. To the Canadian Club, Victoria
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  1. To the Canadian Club, Ottawa
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  1. To the Canadian Club, Montreal
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  1. At the Opening of the Burwash Institute
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  1. Speech Delivered in the Hall of Trinity College, Cambridge: Replying to Health of Recipients
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  1. At the Cecil Club Dinnerfor Admiral Lord Charles Beresford
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. At an International Conference on Air Safety, Folkestone
  2. pp. 55-57
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  1. To the Electors of Ashton-under-Lyne
  2. pp. 58-63
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  1. At a National Service League Meeting, Burwash
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. At a Public Meeting Protesting Home Rule, Tunbridge Wells
  2. pp. 66-73
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  1. At a Recruiting Meeting, the Dome, Brighton
  2. pp. 74-75
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  1. In Aid of Recruiting, Southport
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  1. At Opening of the Maple Leaf Club, Berkeley Square
  2. p. 82
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  1. Short Speech at Opening of the Maple Leaf Clubs
  2. p. 83
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  1. At a Meeting on War Aims, Folkestone
  2. pp. 84-88
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  1. At the U.S. Army Rest Camp, Winnall Down
  2. pp. 89-90
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  1. At the Opening of a YMCA Hut for American Officers, Winnall Down
  2. pp. 91-95
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  1. To the Parliamentary Army Committee
  2. pp. 96-97
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  1. Speech Made at Etchingham Church on the Occasion of the Unveiling of the War Memorial
  2. pp. 98-100
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  1. At a Meeting of the Courts of Brotherhood and Guestling, Sandwich
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  1. At a Graduation Luncheon, Edinburgh University Union
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  1. To the Associated Franco-British Societies
  2. pp. 104-107
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  1. At University House, to the Students of St. Andrews
  2. pp. 108-110
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  1. At the Re-Opening of the Men’s Student Union, St. Andrews
  2. pp. 111-115
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  1. To Students at the Railway Station, Dundee
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  1. At the Canada Club Dinner to Stanley Baldwin
  2. p. 117
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  1. To the Fountain Club, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital
  2. p. 118
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  1. At a Luncheon of the Stationers’ Company
  2. pp. 119-120
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  1. At a Dinner for Prime Minister Bennett
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  1. At a Dinner of the African Society
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  1. To Canadian Schoolchildren at Eastbourne
  2. pp. 125-126
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  1. Rudyard Kipling’s Speeches: A Checklist
  2. pp. 127-140
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  1. Appendix: Kipling’s Speeches Written for Members of the Royal Family
  2. pp. 141-144
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 145-148
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780944318270
Related ISBN
9780944318249
MARC Record
OCLC
794700851
Pages
160
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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