Books: The Demon and the Muse

THE STRANGE RIDE OF RUDYARD KIPLING by Angus Wilson; Viking; 370 pages; $17.50

The sand of the desert is sodden

red,—Red with the wreck of a square that

broke;—The Gatling's jammed and the

Colonel dead, And the regiment blind with dust

and smoke.

The river of death has brimmed his

banks, And England's far, and Honour a

name, But the voice of a schoolboy rallies

the ranks:

'Play up! Play upland play the


Only one man could have written those bully lines, and it wasn't John Wayne.

Rudyard Kipling, the laureate of British imperialism, of the white man's...

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