Kipling’s Shilling

Rudyard Kipling, poet and writer extraordinnaire

Some time ago it was stated in various papers that Rudyard Kipling had received a shilling a word for a story he had written for Pearson’s Magazine.  This induced a young American to write to him and enclose a shilling.

“Hearing that wisdom was being retailed at a shilling a word,” wrote the youth, “I enclose a shilling for a sample.”

Kipling kept the order, and sent back the word: “Thanks.”

– from “A Sample of Kipling Wisdom”, published at p.27 of “The Kipling Guide Book” (1899), by William Roberton, held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


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