Tuesday, February 21, 2012

AbeBooks: Just Rudyard Kipling

AbeBooks: Just Rudyard Kipling: Rudyard Kipling, (1865-1936) had a tremendous impact on the literary world with his short stories, poetry and novels. Kipling is most well known for his fantastically imaginative tales for children including the classic Just So Stories and the Jungle Book, but he was a prolific author and his works covered a broad range of subjects.

Kipling was born in Bombay, India, and at the age of five moved to England with his family. Kipling was inspired by the length and breadth of the British Empire, which featured so often in his writing, but his critics described him as a relic of Imperialism. Over the course of his life, Kipling was an avid traveller and saw much of the world. For several years Kipling and his wife Carrie Balestier lived in Vermont where their first child was born. It was in Vermont that Kipling first began writing the Jungle Books. In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature - the first English-language writer to receive it.

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