A Book of Words
Selections from speeches and addresses
delivered between 1906 and 1927
Royal Literary Society
New Prince’s Galleries, Piccadilly
7 July 1926.
by Leonee Ormond
Notes on XXVIII
Notes on XXX
Mr Kipling’s works were all marked with a peculiar stamp of individual genius, in his case wholly unmistakable.There were many well-known writers in the audience, including Marjorie Bowen, John Buchan, G. K.Chesterton and Vita Sackville West.
[The Times, 8 July 1926, page 18]
...nearly all last week in town, and, as you know, the beastly speech was part of the show. The thing that I enjoyed most was sitting next to Balfour and hearing him talk. He is the youngest thing that I have met in a long while. It was a deadly dull proceeding otherwise, and the medal is not worn round the neck. It weighs nearly seven ounces, and is officially marked as “18 carat gold”. So that will always be something to fall back upon.Kipling said that fiction came before truth, as it would be impossible to define truth until someone had told a story. There are no barriers in fiction, the writer can tell of anything he chooses. Most writers of fiction hope for immortality but it is impossible for a writer to gauge what will survive of his work. Balfour’s speech might encourage Kipling to hope for a favourable outcome.
[Letters, (Ed. Thomas Pinney) vol 5. p. 305]
Swift’s personality interested him [Kipling] as well as his writings, as his characterization of him in “Fiction” shows … It is interesting to note that "The Propagation of Knowledge" (Debits and Credits) in which mention is made of Swift’s fear that he would die at the top (p. 238), first appeared in January 1926.