A Kipling Companion by Norman Page (auth.)

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Captain and Mrs Holloway figure in 'Baa Baa, Black Sheep' as Uncle Harry and Aunty Rosa; other accounts of the Southsea years may be found in The Light that Failed and Something if Myself, as well as in an account by Kipling's sister Alice. JAMES, HENRY (1843-1916), novelist, became a friend of Kipling and gave Caroline Balestier away when they were married. He was one of the first men of letters in England to register Kipling's remarkable qualities, referring to him privately as 'the star of the hour' and 'the great little Rudyard'.

This remained Kipling's home until his death. His delight in the Sussex countryside and its villages, his respect and affection for its people, and his interest in its history are reflected in many of his later writings - among other examples, in the stories 'They', 'An Habitation Enforced', 'Friendly Brook' and 'The Wish House', the poem 'Sussex', and the children's books Puck rif Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies. The England he celebrates is traditional, almost feudal, and it is not difficult to bring against Kipling the charge that has been brought against some of the Georgian poets- 16 A Kipling Companion that his view of the villager or the farm labourer, of cottage and church, landscape and history, is the idealized and sentimentalized one of the weekend visitor.

Captain Pryse Agar Holloway and his wife Sarah became foster-parents to Kipling and his sister from the end of 1871. After the Captain's death his widow seems to have treated the Kipling children unsympathetically or worse, and her son Henry Thomas Holloway seems to have bullied Kipling 28 A Kipling Companion (according to Carrington, 'Harry was the villain of the piece'). Harry later became a bank clerk. Captain and Mrs Holloway figure in 'Baa Baa, Black Sheep' as Uncle Harry and Aunty Rosa; other accounts of the Southsea years may be found in The Light that Failed and Something if Myself, as well as in an account by Kipling's sister Alice.

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