National Geographic : 1955 Sep
350 © Holton Press Ltd., Picture Post Library Rudyard Kipling as an Educator Takes the Cheers of Scottish Students The University of St. Andrews installed the master storyteller as rector in 1922, fourteen years before his death. Here he is followed by his first cousin, Stanley Baldwin, thrice Prime Minister of Great Britain. of Tobias Smollett's hilarious novel, The Ex pedition of Humphry Clinker. A few doors away lived the painter Gainsborough. Mr. Winkle's Predicament The Royal Crescent, the younger John Wood's masterpiece, considered by many to be the finest architectural crescent in Europe, is rich in literary associations (pages 334, 335). Dickens, Mr. Williams assured us, found accommodation for Mr. Pickwick at Number 4 and set there the adventure of Mr. Winkle and Mrs. Dowler, when the for mer was left in his dressing gown on the wrong side of the door. Number 9 is pointed out as the house where Bulwer Lytton, author of The Last Days of Pompeii, worked on The Parisians; and at Number 15 Sir Percy Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel of Baroness Orczy's popular ad venture stories, probably had a hideaway. The London of Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Dickens had been a perfect place for us to begin our literary pilgrimage. Now in Bath it was time to think of home again. After a tour of the Lake District, soon to be featured in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, we extended our journey into Scotland to visit the haunts of such immortals as Scott, Stevenson, and Burns. But that, as Kipling was wont to say, is another story. Then we bade a reluctant goodbye to this unique land. It had been a richly rewarding experience, this summer among the shades of Britain's past. For surely no nation has given more freely of its genius to the world of letters, or more lovingly guarded the scenes of its literary triumphs. For additional material on England, see the NA TIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Cumulative Index, 1899-1954.