As you know, The Atlantic has opened up its archives for free – following NYT etc.
I recommend, The Young Kipling, December 1887 – extracts from letters and diaries of a young American girl living in Allahabad and getting to know Kipling.
“How Kipling does love those wild men of the North! He calls them his own folk. They are savage, boastful, arrogant, and hot-headed, and these vagrant loafers, snaky-lipped and vulture-eyed, come to pay their respects to him.”
Mighty good reading – for yourself or your class.