Rudyard Kipling: Puck of Pook's Hill (2169 words)


The collection of stories and poems entitled Puck of Pook’s Hill appeared at the very height of Kipling’s reputation, sandwiched between The Jungle Books (1894/1985) and Kim (1901) on one side, and the Nobel Prize for Literature (1907) on the other. They represent both a summing-up and a leave-taking for Kipling, as they mine the rich narrative of childhood and wonder which made The Jungle Books so popular, while completely abandoning his fascination with India and the East. Indeed, the work is Kipling’s most blatant attempt to stamp himself as an ‘English’ writer, ostensibly by adopting the character of Puck, a sprite from English folklore made popular in Shakespeare&…

Citation: Grasso, Joshua. "Puck of Pook's Hill". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 January 2020 [, accessed 23 April 2021.]

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