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Rudyard Kipling


Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born December 30, 1865, in Bombay, India, to a British family. When he was five years old, he was taken to England to begin his education, where he suffered deep feelings of abandonment and confusion after living a pampered lifestyle as a colonial. He returned to India at the age of seventeen to work as a journalist and editor for the Civil and Military Gazette in Lahore. Kipling published his first collection of verse, Departmental Ditties and Other Verses, in 1886 and his first collection of stories, Plain Tales from the Hills, in 1888.

In the early 1890s some of his poems were published in William Ernest Henley’s National Observer and later collected in to Barrack-Room Ballads (1892), an immensely popular collection which contained “Gunga Din” and “Mandalay.” In 1892 Kipling married and moved to Vermont, where he published the two Jungle Books and began work on Kim. He returned to England with his family in 1896 and published another novel, Captains Courageous. Kipling visited South Africa during the Boer War, editing a newspaper there and writing the Just-So Stories. Kim, Kipling’s most successful novel (and his last), appeared in 1901. The Kipling family moved to Sussex permanently in 1902, and he devoted the rest of his life to writing poetry and short stories, including his most famous poem, “If—”. He died on January 18, 1936; his ashes are buried in Westminster Abbey.

Novels by Rudyard Kipling

Short stories by Rudyard Kipling

  1. .007
  2. “Bread Upon The Waters”
  3. “My Son’s Wife”
  4. “They”
  5. A Conference Of The Powers
  6. A Deal in Cotton
  7. A Germ Destroyer
  8. A Matter of Fact
  9. A Trip Across A Continent
  10. A Walking Delegate
  11. A Wayside Comedy
  12. An Error In The Fourth Dimension
  13. An Habitation Enforced
  14. An Unqualified Pilot
  15. As Easy As A.B.C.
  16. At Twenty-two
  17. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
  18. Below The Mill Dam
  19. Beyond The Pale
  20. Bitters Neat
  21. Black Jack
  22. By Word Of Mouth
  23. Consequences
  24. Cupid’s Arrows
  25. Dray Wara Yow Dee
  26. False Dawn
  27. Friendly Brook
  28. Garm – A Hostage
  29. Georgie Porgie
  30. His Majesty The King
  31. His Wedded Wife
  32. How the Alphabet Was Made
  33. How the Camel Got His Hump
  34. How the Leopard Got His Spots
  35. How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin
  36. How the Whale Got His Throat
  37. In Flood Time
  38. In The Matter Of A Private
  39. In The Same Boat
  40. Judson And The Empire
  41. Little Foxes
  42. Love-o’-Women
  43. Mary Postgate
  44. Miss Youghal’s Sais
  45. My Own True Ghost Story
  46. Namgay Doola
  47. Of Those Called
  48. On The Strength Of A Likeness
  49. Pig
  50. Reingelder And The German Flag
  51. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
  52. Steam Tactics
  53. The Army Of A Dream
  54. The Beginning of the Armadillos
  55. The Bonds Of Discipline
  56. The Butterfly that Stamped
  57. The Cat that Walked by Himself
  58. The Crab that Played with the Sea
  59. The Elephant’s Child
  60. The Man Who Was
  61. The Man Who Would be King
  62. The Phantom Rickshaw
  63. The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo
  64. With The Night Mail: A Story Of 2000 A.D.
  65. Yoked With An Unbeliever

Poems by Rudyard Kipling

  1. “For All We Have And Are”
  2. “The Trade”
  3. “Tin Fish”
  4. A Death-Bed
  5. A Pict Song
  6. A Pilgrim’s Way
  7. An Almanac of Twelve Sports
  8. Cells
  9. Cities And Thrones And Powers
  10. Danny Deever
  11. Dedication
  12. Edgehill Fight
  13. Epitaphs of the War
  14. Fuzzy-wuzzy
  15. Gethsemane
  16. Gunga Din
  17. Harp Song of the Dane Women
  18. If—
  19. Justice
  20. Loot
  21. Mesopotamia
  22. My Boy Jack
  23. Recessional
  24. Screw-guns
  25. Sestina of the Tramp-Royal
  26. Soldier, Soldier
  27. Song of the Galley-Slaves
  28. The Answer
  29. The Ballad Of East And West
  30. The Bell Buoy
  31. The Benefactors
  32. The Cat that Walked By Himself
  33. The Children
  34. The City of Sleep
  35. The Disciple
  36. The Explanation
  37. The Female Of The Species
  38. The Gods Of The Copybook Headings
  39. The Legend Of Evil
  40. The Long Trail
  41. The Lost Legion
  42. The Miracles
  43. The Power Of The Dog
  44. The Secret of the Machines
  45. The Song of the Banjo
  46. The Song Of The Dead
  47. The Sons Of Martha
  48. The Vampire
  49. The Verdicts
  50. The White Man’s Burden
  51. To Wolcott Balestier
  52. Tommy
  53. When Earth’s Last Picture Is Painted