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Rudyard Kipling Essays

In Black and White 1888

The Phantom 'Rickshaw, and Other Tales 1888

Plain Tales from the Hills 1888

Soldiers Three 1888

The Story of the Gadsbys 1888

Under the Deodars 1888

Wee Willie Winkie, and Other Child Stories 1888

The Courting of Dinah Shadd, and Other Stories 1890

Life's Handicap 1891

Many Inventions 1893

The Jungle Book (short stories and poetry) 1894

The Second Jungle Book (short stories and poetry) 1895

The Day's Work 1898

Stalky & Co. 1899

Just So Stories for Little Children (short stories and poetry) 1902

Traffics and Discoveries (short stories and poetry) 1904

Puck of Pook's Hill (short stories and poetry) 1906

Abaft the Funnel 1909

Actions and Reactions (short stories and poetry) 1909

Rewards and Fairies (short stories and poetry) 1910

A Diversity of Creatures 1917

Land and Sea Tales for Boys and Girls (short stories and poetry) 1923

Debits and Credits (short stories and poetry) 1926

Thy Servant a Dog 1930

Limits and Renewals (short stories and poetry) 1932

Complete Works in Prose and Verse. 35 vols. (short stories, poetry, novels, essays, sketches, speeches, and unfinished autobiography) 1937-39

Rudyard Kipling: Selected Stories (edited and introduced by Sandra Kemp) 1987

Their Lawful Occasions 1987

John Brunner Presents Kipling's Fantasy: Stories 1992

John Brunner Presents Kipling's Science Fiction: Stories 1992

Collected Stories (edited by John Brunner) 1994

The Man Who Would Be King, and Other Stories 1994

The Science Fiction Stories of Rudyard Kipling 1994

The Works of Rudyard Kipling 1995

Schoolboy Lyrics (poetry) 1881

Departmental Ditties, and Other Verses (poetry) 1886

The Light That Failed (novel) 1890

Barrack-Room Ballads, and Other Verses (poetry) 1892

The Naulahka: A Story of West and East [with Wolcott Balestier] (novel) 1892

The Seven Seas (poetry) 1896

Captains Courageous (novel) 1897

From Sea to Sea. Letters of Travel. 2 vols. (sketches) 1899

Kim (novel) 1901

The Five Nations (poetry) 1903

Songs from Books (poetry) 1903

The Years Between (poetry) 1919

Letters of Travel, 1892-1913 (sketches) 1920

A Book of Words (speeches) 1928

Souvenirs of France (essays) 1933

Something of Myself for My Friends Known and Unknown (unfinished autobiography) 1937

Kipling's India: Uncollected Sketches, 1884-1888 (edited by Thomas Pinney; sketches) 1985

Early Verse by Rudyard Kipling 1879-1889: Unpublished, Uncollected, and Rarely Collected Poems (edited by Andrew Rutherford; poetry) 1986

Something of Myself and Other Autobiographical Writings (edited by Thomas Pinney; autobiography) 1990

Writings of Literature by Rudyard Kipling (edited by Kemp and Lisa Lewis; criticism) 1995

Writings on Writing (edited by Kemp and Lewis; criticism) 1996

Rudyard Kipling, born in Bombay, India on December 20, 1865, is one of Britain's most famous writers, although his work never attracted the critical acclaim that writers like E.M. Forster, T.S. Eliot, and William Butler Yeats enjoyed. His reputation has suffered in contemporary times due to the sentimentality of his work as well as the themes of imperialism and cultural hegemony.

Kipling began his life with his family in India – his father a director of an art museum and his mother a socialite – until, at five years old, he and his sister Alice ("Trix") moved to Southsea, England. Kipling felt isolated and neglected in the shoddy care of a family who boarded the children of British nationals serving in India. Art became his refuge and he began to write short stories. Kipling credited frequent visits to the London home of his aunt Georgiana and her husband Edward Burne-Jones, a painter, with saving him. He was exposed to art, philosophy, and literature at a young age. When he was 13, he enrolled in the United Services College in Devon but could not enter the military because of poor eyesight.

In 1882 Kipling returned to India and took up journalism. He wrote for the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette, and published stories and poems. Many of these poems were compiled into Departmental Ditties. He became increasingly popular, and his work revealed the oftentimes problematic nature of British imperialism. In 1885 Kipling joined the Freemasons; this organization would be personally fulfilling for the writer as well as influential in his work. In 1889 he returned to England and encountered - and became lifelong friends with - writers Henry James and Henry Rider Haggard. His popularity was firmly rooted in his short stories and poems; he never had much luck with longer forms of prose. Barrack-Room Ballads (1890), a collection of poems and songs, brought him considerable attention.

Kipling married Caroline Balestier in 1892 and they moved to the United States to reside with Caroline's family in Vermont. They had their first child, Josephine, and Kipling began writing the famous Jungle Book (1894) and, a year later, its sequel. The romantic and sentimental nature of his tales appealed to contemporary audiences. In 1896 the couple returned to England and their son John was born. Kipling began to visit South Africa frequently and wrote of the Boer War with the Dutch. Sadly, Kipling's daughter died of pneumonia in 1899.

In 1902 Kipling and his family moved to Sussex following the publication of Kim (1901), the most popular of his works during his lifetime. More story collections followed, and he was honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907. It is often wondered why he was not offered the post of Poet Laureate, and some claim that he was offered it but turned it down. Kipling continued to write throughout the 1910s. He supported Britain's efforts in WWI but was devastated when his son John died at the front not long after he joined the Army.

Kipling died of a perforated ulcer in January of 1936. He was 70 years old. His autobiography, Something Of Myself: And Other Autobiographical Writings, was published posthumously in 1937.

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