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My Daemon was with me in the Jungle Books, Kim, and both Puck books, and good care I took to walk delicately, lest he withdraw. I know that he did not, because when those books were finished they said so themselves with, almost, the water-hammer click of a tap turned off.


This is from Something of Myself, Rudyard Kipling’s autobiography, written at the end of his life, and published after his death.

He believed that a writer’s creative inspiration, his ‘Daemon’, is in a sense a voice outside himself, which he has to listen to, rather than an expression of his own conscious will.