Scholar Finds 50 Lost Rudyard Kipling Poems

Set for publication next month
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2013 9:40 AM CST
Scholar Finds 50 Lost Rudyard Kipling Poems
Rudyard Kipling.   (Wikimedia Commons)

A literary scholar has unearthed more than 50 unpublished poems by Rudyard Kipling—and soon, the world will get to see them. They're set for release in March in the first complete collection of Kipling's poems, a hefty three-volume set containing more than 1,300 works, the Guardian reports. The poems, some of which Thomas Pinney found in a Manhattan home that was being rehabbed, range from mournful to angry to humorous; one, for instance, offers a still-familiar account of the celebrity-focused media.

"Have you any morals? / Does your genius burn? / Was your wife a what's its name? / How much did she earn?" the author of The Jungle Book writes. If the discovery excites you, good news: "There is a treasure trove of uncollected, unpublished, and unidentified work out there," says Pinney. "I discovered another unrecorded item only recently and that sort of thing will keep happening. It is a tremendously exciting time for scholars and for fans of Kipling." (More Rudyard Kipling stories.)

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