Department of English

Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling

Andrew Lycett (London) presents this week's Faculty Seminar on British Studies.

Fri, April 15, 2011 | Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206

2:45 PM

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling epitomized Britain's imperialist heyday. But they were contrasting characters with differing attitudes toward many things, including America. Their disparities surfaced after both lost sons as a result of the First World War: Conan Doyle retreating into spiritualism, Kipling adopting a religious-tinged stoicism that drew on his upbringing in multi-faith India and was reflected in his often neglected later short stories.

After an early career as a journalist, Andrew Lycett specialized in foreign reporting (his first book was a biography of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi). Over the last two decades he has written a number of acclaimed literary lives, including those of Ian Fleming, Rudyard Kipling, Dylan Thomas, and Arthur Conan Doyle. These works have a historical approach reflecting his training as an historian at Oxford.

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