A Book of Words
Selections from speeches and addresses delivered between 1906 and 1927
"The Handicap of Letters"
Royal Literary Fund
21st May 1908
I cannot pretend that I should have been any good at it because my acquaintance lies chiefly among those who need help. I had supposed that my work was to get as much money as possible out of people at the Dinner.Kipling defines writers as distinct from lawyers and doctors. Their work continues after their deaths but, after a time, their heirs cannot benefit from it. He praises the work of the Fund in helping writers who have met with misfortune.
(Letters, Ed. Pinney vol. 3, pp. 320-21)