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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.

  2. Rekha Valliappan | July 28, 2016 at 10:30 am

    “The Jungle Books 1 and 2″,”Kim”, “How the Leopard Got Its Spots” etc. will always be my all-time favorites since childhood. An imaginative feast – mystical and magical – of absorbing tales that opened for me a panoramic vista of the world of animals of India and Africa. Such a wonderful gift of narrative that he had to bring to life adventure, the exotic color and enchantment of turn of the century India of the colonial era. The video clip is a rare gem.

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