Kipling’s England: the Edwardian Years

  • David Trotter


Kipling described Rewards and Fairies (1910) as ‘a sort of balance to, as well as a seal upon, some aspects of my “Imperialistic” output in the past’ (SM, 208). To us, it probably seems — like much of what he wrote about England and the English during the Edwardian years — a balance rather than a completion, a withdrawal from Imperialistic concerns. In a recent survey of the literature of the period, John Batchelor speaks of the ‘division’ between an ‘aggressive 1890s Kipling’ who imagined Empire, and a ‘nostalgic Edwardian Kipling’ who succumbed to pastoral, who puckishly encountered Puck in the England of E. M. Forster and Kenneth Grahame.1


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