October 16th, 2014
Episode 405 of 550 episodes
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865 and has been described as the poet of Empire, celebrated for fictional works including Kim and The Jungle Book. Today his poem 'If' remains one of the best known in the English language. He was the first British recipient of a Nobel Prize for Literature and a literary celebrity of the Edwardian era. His work for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission played a major role in Britain's cultural response to the First World War. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Howard Booth, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Manchester; Daniel Karlin, Winterstoke Professor of English Literature at the University of Bristol and Jan Montefiore, Professor of Twentieth Century English Literature at the University of Kent.