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December 30, 1865, Mumbai, India
January 18, 1936, London, United Kingdom
Short-story Writer, Novelist, Poet, Journalist
Short Story, Novel, Children's Literature, Poetry, Travel Literature, Science Fiction
30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936
Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, his tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
"The Jungle Book", "The White Man's Burden", “Actions and Reactions”, “Captains Courageous”, “Debits and Credits”, “Many Inventions”, “The Light That Failed”, “The Man Who Would Be King”, “The Phantom Rickshaw”, "If"
Kipling's poems are a clear demonstration of English self-control and stoicism. He wrote about courage, bravery and a strong spirit which makes a man stronger. In his view, manhood is a set of certain qualities such as honesty, courage, stoicism in order to be strong enough to have a British stiff upper lip.
Kipling's writing style is very imaginative and humanistic. His literature represents life and political elements from earlier literature periods. Also his style of writing is patriotic, autobiographical, and encouraging, which is shown throughout his short stories. His verse is indeed vigorous, and in dealing with the lives and colloquial speech of common soldiers and sailors it broke new ground.
Kipling's writing has strongly influenced that of others. His stories for adults remain in print and have garnered high praise from writers as different as Poul Anderson, Jorge Luis Borges, and Randall Jarrell. His children's stories remain popular and his Jungle Books made into several films.
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
“I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble”
“I never made a mistake in my life; at least, never one that I couldn't explain away afterwards.”