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ATBL’s Third Breslauer Lecture focuses on the Works of Rudyard Kipling

David Alan Richards

David Alan Richards

David Alan Richards, a real estate lawyer and builder of the largest known collection of works of Rudyard Kipling, delivered the ATBL’s third annual Bernard Breslauer Lecture in May in New York City at the Grolier Club where he currently serves as Secretary.

Mr. Richards is a graduate of Yale and Cambridge Universities and practices law in New York City with the firm of McCarter & English LLP.  His 2007 book, Rudyard Kipling:  The Books I Leave Behind, is the catalogue of the show of his Kipling collection, the world’s largest, held last summer at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, to which that collection has been given.  The exhibition catalogue has been favorably noted in The Times Literary Supplement and the Atlantic.

Mr. Richards is about to publish a new bibliography of this author, the first in a half-century (see story).  His talk featured a detailed and lively discussion with color images from the book that will be co-published by The British Library and Oak Knoll Press.  The talk will be published in book form and will be available through the American Trust and the Grolier Club.

Rudyard Kipling Slides shown in the Grollier Club Gallery

Rudyard Kipling Slides shown in the Grollier Club Gallery


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