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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Joseph Kipling was born in Bombay, India, in 1865. His father, John Lockwood Kipling, was the author and illustrator of Beast and Man in India and his mother, Alice, was the sister of Lady Burne-Jones. In 1871 Kipling was brought home to England and spent five unhappy years with a foster family in Southsea, an experience he later drew on in his work The Light That Failed (1890). The years he spent at the United Services College—a school for officers' children—are depicted in Stalky and Co. (1899), and the character of Beetle is something of a self-portrait. It was during his time at the college that he began writing poetry, and Schoolboy Lyrics was published privately in 1881. In the following year he started work as a journalist in India, and while there, produced a body of work: stories, sketches and poems. The most notable of these is his Plain Tales from the Hills (1888) which made him an instant literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1889. Barrack Room Ballads (1892) contains some of his most popular pieces, including Mandalay, Gunga Din, and Danny Deever. In this collection Kipling experimented with form and dialect: the cockney accent of the soldier poems being a prime example. The influence of hymns, music-hall songs, ballads, and public poetry can be found throughout his verse.

In 1892 he married an American woman named Caroline Balestier, and from 1892 to 1896 they lived in Vermont, where Kipling wrote The Jungle Book (1894). In 1901 Kim was published, and Just So Stories followed in 1902. Tales of every kind—including historical and science fiction—continued to flow from his pen, but Kim is generally thought to be his greatest long work, putting him high among the ranks of the chroniclers of British expansion.

In 1902 Kipling made his home in Sussex, England, but he continued to travel widely. Though rich and successful, he never again enjoyed the literary esteem of his early years. With the onset of the Great War, his work became a great deal more somber. The stories he subsequently wrote— A Diversity of Creatures (1917), Debits and Credits (1926), and Limits and Renewals (1932)—are now thought by many to contain some of his finest writing. The death of his only son in 1915 also contributed to a new inwardness of vision. Kipling refused to accept the role of Poet Laureate and other civil honors, but he was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize, in 1907. He died in 1936 and his autobiographical fragment, Something of Myself, was published the following year.

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Captains Courageous
by Children's Classics, Rudyard Kipling
from Dover Publications
for 4th-6th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Captains Courageous
Signet Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Signet Classics
Nautical Fiction for 7th-10th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Collection of Just So Stories - Audiobook
by Jim Weiss
from Well-Trained Mind Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in Greathall Storyteller CDs (Location: APO-01C)
Jungle Book
by Rudyard Kipling
from William Morrow & Company
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Jungle Book
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Jungle Book
Sterling Classics
by Rudyard Kipling & Scott McKowen
from Sterling Publishing Co.
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: A04-04A)
Jungle Book - Audiobook
by Jim Weiss
from Greathall Productions
for 3rd-8th grade
in Greathall Storyteller CDs (Location: APO-01C)
Jungle Book - Comprehension Guide
by Jonathan Daughtrey
from Veritas Press
for 6th-9th grade
in Veritas Press Literature Guides (Location: B18-00A)
Jungle Books
Signet Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Signet Classics
Animal Stories for 4th-8th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Just So Stories
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Just So Stories
by Rudyard Kipling
from Crescent Books
for 1st-6th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Just So Stories
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 1st-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Kim
Puffin Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Puffin Books
Orphan Stories for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: A04-01A)
Kim
by Rudyard Kipling
1st edition from Reader's Digest
for 8th-Adult
in Clearance: Literature (Location: ACL-LIT)
Plain Tales from the Hills
by Rudyard Kipling
Reissue from Oxford University
for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: CLT-19C)
Puck of Pook's Hill
by Rudyard Kipling
from Echo Library
for 4th-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: A07-02A)
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
by Rudyard Kipling
from William Morrow & Company
Realistic Animal Stories for 2nd-4th grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)