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Bibliography: Soldiers Three by Kipling, Rudyard

Soldiers Three
Kipling, Rudyard
Note Source
Journal 12/23/1894; Courier 4/4/1899; Courier 4/4/1899
Note Relating to Cather

In an 1894 Journal article, Cather writes: "He has been trying to live a respectable Puritan life in Vermont and be a full-fledged family man.... Go back to the east, Mr. Kipling; we and our world are not for you. Our life is not free enough for you and you are not strong enough for it.... Go back to the land where you wrote 'The Gate of a Hundred Sorrows' and 'Without Benefit of Clergy' and 'On the City Wall'.... Ah, Mr. Kipling, it would be sad and tragical if it were not so laughable that you who wrote 'The Story of the Gadsbys' should be the victim of matrimony. It has shorn the wings of your freedom, and your freedom was your art.... Alas! There were so many men who could have married Mrs. Kipling, and there was only you who could write Soldiers Three."

In an 1899 Courier article, Cather writes: "The nucleus of Anglo-Indian society was formed when Clive's troopers marched into the interior, yet no one knew anything about it until the appearance of Soldiers Three and Mine Own People."

In an 1899 Courier article, Cather writes: "Had Captains Courageous and The Day's Work been his first productions they would have made, doubtless, a noise in the world, but they would not have done for their author what Plain Tales from the Hills and Soldiers Three did.