SUMMARY: Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865-18 January 1936) Rudyard Kipling is the author of The Jungle Book among other stories.

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There are many stories that stand out in British culture but one of the stories that is highly favored is The Jungle Book. This iconic story was written by Rudyard Kipling in 1894. Rudyard Kipling is the author of many different stories and was also the recipient of the Nobel Prize of literature in 1907.


Born in 1865 Joseph Rudyard Kipling had an impressive upbringing as he was born in Bombay but was later sent to live in England. The stories that Kipling was able to tell often brought in stories of British soldiers in India, poems of Britain, and of course the many stories and tales that he wrote for children.


When Kipling wrote The Jungle Book, the tale of adventure immediately was a success. The Jungle Book was actually a collection of several short stories like Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. He was a master of short stories and was able to create unique works like The Man Who Would be King.  Not only could Kipling tell a story in a few short pages he was also well-known for his poetry works like the poems Mandalay and Gunga Din and “If—” .The children’s books he wrote and his ability create short stories still reign supreme and he remains one of the innovators of short stories.


Rudyard Kipling was one of English writers that was able to captivate everyone around him with his complex personality and intelligence. Through the late 19th century and the early 20th century, Kipling was among one of the most popular authors of all time. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1907 at the age of 42, which is still the youngest age of any Nobel Prize in Literature recipient. Rudyard Kipling was also offered and given many awards for his creative writing abilities. There are some awards and honors that he simply turned down as he did not feel they were needed.


During the early part of the 20th century, Kipling was seen as one of the most inspiring and popular authors of all time. His career was continuing to rise and he was given the Nobel Prize and was the first English author to ever be given this prize. The poem “If—” still remains one of the most popular poems in England.


Kipling was very powerful in English literature and culture and was able to help England in their involvement in World War I. Rudyard Kipling ended up writing pamphlets that were used to support the war aims of the United Kingdom and to raise money.


Adding to his icon character, Rudyard Kipling was also actively involved with Freemasonry. Kipling was able to become a freemason in 1885, which was unheard of as minimum age requirement is 21 and he was 6 months shy of this window. When he became a freemason he was first at the Perseverance Lodge in Lahore and became secretary of the lodge and then became an apprentice. As he was able to pass to the degree of Fellow Craft and later to Master Mason, it helped to shape his character. Kipling praised his experienced and loved them so much that he ended up writing a poem entitled The Mother Lodge which briefly shared his love for his Masonic experiences.


Rudyard Kipling was a beloved author and continued to write up until his death. His writing began to slow as he aged and then he eventually passed away in 1936 due to a perforated duodenal ulcer. His body was cremated and his ashes were buried in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey where other icon authors like Charles Dickens are buried.

The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories
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