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Lost Rudyard Kipling poems published for the first time

By Layne Weiss     Feb 26, 2013 in Entertainment
A US scholar, Prof. Thomas Pinney, has discovered more than 50 poems by Rudyard Kipling. Pinney is a professor of English at the University of California in Pomona.
Pinney found the poems in a number of places including a renovated Manhattan house.
He described the discovery as a "tremendously exciting time for scholars and fans," BBC News reports.
According to The Telegraph, the collection contains poems written during World War I, with many focusing on the struggles of the British soldier. Kipling supported the conflict until the death of his son, John, at the Battle of Loos in 1915.
The newly discovered poems will be published in the three-volume "Cambridge Edition of the Poems of Rudyard Kipling," according to a statement released by the Press.
The project will be edited by Prof. Thomas Pinney and released in the United States on March 31.
The poems will be released in the United Kingdom on March 7, BBC News reports.
In one poem discovered by Pinney, Rudyard Kipling attacks media intrusion. The poem is aptly titled, "The Press." The poem was written in 1899.
Kipling wrote: "Had you friend a secret/Sorrow shame or vice-/Have you promised not to tell/What's your lowest price?/All the housemaid fancied/All the butter guessed/Tell it to the public press and we will do the rest."
Kipling is best known for poems and short stories such as If and The Jungle Book.
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