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Bibliography: The Story of the Gadsbys by Kipling, Rudyard

The Story of the Gadsbys
Kipling, Rudyard
Note Source
Journal 12/23/1894; 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: "[Kipling] is dangerously clever and has a taste for farce, and these two propensities lead him into many a tour de force unworthy of his high talent. Admitting that the Mrs. Hauksbee stories were cheap in their knowingness; that The Story of the Gadsbys was an atrocious precocity in a youth of twenty, they were better worth doing than Tom Brown schoolboy stories, or the conversation of horses in a Vermont pasture."