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Watch: Kipling on Truth in Writing, 1933

July 26, 2012 | by

We are grateful to Open Culture for drawing our attention to this rare film of Rudyard Kipling. From 1933, it shows the sixty-seven-year-old author giving a speech to the Royal Society of Literature (and guests from the Canadian Authors’ Association) at Claridge’s. “We who use words enjoy a peculiar privilege over our fellows,” observes the voice of the (already-fading) British Empire.





  1. Joe Carlson | July 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you for this little treasure. Whoever is lucky enough to read THE JUNGLE BOOK at the right age is blessed for life – perhaps even those who read it at the wrong age. Then go on to KIM and other works.

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