Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1865-12-30
Death 1936-01-18
Britons
English

Biographical notes:

Author and Nobel Prize winner.

From the description of TLS, 1924 March 4 : Sussex, to Commander Clarke Millen, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 17153795

Kipling was a British author. Beaverbrook was a British capitalist, and newspaper publisher.

From the description of Letters to Baron Beaverbrook, 1885-1918. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122609327

From the guide to the Letters to Baron Beaverbrook, 1885-1918., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, and joined the staff of the Civil and military gazette in Lahore in 1882. He began to make a name for himself through writing stories and verse, such as Departmental ditties (1886), Plain tales from the hills, Soldiers three, and Wee Willie Winkie (1888), before settling in London in 1889. He travelled widely, before establishing himself at Burwash in 1902. The publication of his novels The light that failed (1891), Many inventions (1893), the Jungle books (1894-1895), and Captain courageous (1897) established his fame. His later work included Kim (1901), the Just so stories for little children (1902) and 'Recessional' (1897). Rewards and fairies was first published in 1910. Kipling was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1907.

From the guide to the Rudyard Kipling: Rewards and Fairies, c. 1910, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Epithet: author

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000862.0x0001b3

Kipling provides an account of his fishing trip with A.J. Salisbury and others to the Clakamas River in Oregon in 1889 in his "American Notes."

From the description of Kipling's pencilled autograph on A.J. Salisbury's (Hueneme, CA) printed calling card : ms., 1889. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 214050238

English poet, novelist and short story writer.

From the description of Letter : to Sir Hugh Clifford, 1925 July 13. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122547419

English writer of novels, short stories and verse.

From the description of Letter : to Mr. Rockhill, 1895 April 11. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122530565

English novelist and poet.

From the description of ALS : Etchingham, Sussex, to Israel Gollancz, 1916 Jan. 14-16. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122617143

Rudyard Kipling was a British poet, essayist, novelist, journalist, and writer of short stories.

From the description of Rudyard Kipling collection of papers, 1882-1956 bulk (1882-1941). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122615466

From the guide to the Rudyard Kipling collection of papers, 1879-1956, 1882-1941, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

English poet.

From the description of Typed letter signed : Bateman's Burwash, Sussex, to "The Answers Editor, New York Sun, New York", 1910 June 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270874955

British novelist and poet. First English language winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1907.

From the description of [Letter and menu card] / Kudyard Kipling. [1890-1898] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 244251941

Author.

From the description of Papers of Rudyard Kipling, 1897-circa 1936. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71010050

Kipling was an English short story writer, poet and novelist. White was an English short story writer.

From the description of Rudyard Kipling letters to Edward Lucas White, 1893-1927. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612761495

From the guide to the Rudyard Kipling letters to Edward Lucas White, 1893-1927., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Rudyard Kipling wrote verse, short stories, and novels, primarily about India, the sea, the jungle and its beasts.

From the description of Letter to Charles Neumeyer, 1900. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122545917

Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist and author, and one of the best-known writers of his day. Born in India, he returned to England for his education; fond memories of India and his uncomfortable welcome in England would fuel his life and career. After some success as a journalist in India and author in America, he gradually compiled an impressive career as a novelist, poet, and children's author. Unpopular political views and diverse critical reactions impacted his reputation, but the lasting popularity of The Jungle Book, Kim, and Just So Stories reflect the success of his career.

From the description of Rudyard Kipling letter to R.Q.M. Sergt. F. Smith, 1918 Dec. 11. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 54049960

English author and journalist.

From the description of Rudyard Kipling collection, 1881-1960 (bulk 1890-1920). (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63936877

British writer and poet.

From the description of Autograph letters signed : the Elms, Rottingdean, Sussex, to Arthur Sullivan, 1898 May 14 and 1900 May 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270125515

Rudyard Kipling, playwright. William Joseph Lentsch, adaptor.

From the description of The story of the Gadsbys : a cautionary tale: typescript, 1980. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122570526

(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), poet and writer (works include The Jungle Book , 1894, and The Second Jungle Book, 1895). He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

From the guide to the Poem about Cecil John Rhodes by Rudyard Kipling, 1902, (The Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House)

Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865-18 January 1936) was a British author and poet best known for his works of fiction The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888); and his poems, including Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), and If (1910).

From the description of Rudyard Kipling collection. [ca. 1900-1940]. (University of Victoria Libraries). WorldCat record id: 688600990

Rudyard Kipling was an English author and journalist.

From the guide to the Rudyard Kipling collection, 1881-1960, (bulk 1890-1920), (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)

Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist, born in Bombay. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

From the description of Miscellaneous papers, 1890-1933. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 81756787

From the guide to the Rudyard Kipling miscellaneous papers, 1890-1933., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

English author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Burwash, Sussex, 25 July 1911, to Mr. Hoskier, 1911 July 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873471

From the description of Rudyard Kipling papers [manuscript], 1893-1901. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 174964655

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bateman's Burwash, Sussex, to H.M. Alden of Harper & Brothers, 1905 May 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270486585

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Burwash, Sussex, to Sydney Cockerell, 1932 Oct. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270486804

From the description of Typewritten letter signed : Burwash, Sussex, to Pleydell-Bouverie, 1928 Aug. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270497232

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Rockhouse, Maidencombe, St. Marychurch, to Edward Lucas White, 1897 Mar. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270489624

Kipling was an English writer, born in India.

From the description of Scrapbook, 1899-1900. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79392160

From the guide to the Scrapbook, 1899-1900., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library)

Poet, journalist and writer.

From the description of Manuscripts [manuscript]. [ca. 1900-1903] (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225827490

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was an English author and poet. His best-known works include the novels and short story collections The Jungle Book (1894), Just So Stories (1902), Puck of Pook's Hill (1906), and Kim (1901), as well as a number of poems such as "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), and "If-" (1910).

Kipling was born in Bombay, India, into an artistic family: his father was a sculptor, pottery designer, and professor of architectural sculpture and two of his aunts were married to painters (Georgiana to Edward Burne-Jones and Agnes to Edward Poynter). At the age of six and he his sister were sent back to England to school, as was common with the children of British colonial India. After six unsatisfactory years with a Mr. and Mrs. Holloway, Rudyard and Trix were taken in by their aunt Georgiana.

Kipling attended the United Services College in Devon and then went to Lahore in what is now Pakistan to become assistant editor of a small newspaper. In addition to editing, Kipling contributed a great many stories to the paper (approximately 39 in one year) and several travel sketches. In 1889 Kipling returned to London via a roundabout eight-month journey that took him to Rangoon, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, and various cities in the United States and Canada. Upon his arrival in London he began building a reputation as a writer, publishing two novels in two years along with several short stories.

In 1892 Kipling married Carrie Balestier and shortly thereafter the couple moved to the United States, settling in Vermont, where Kipling began writing the Jungle Book stories and produced four novels in four years. In July 1899, despite their pleasant life in Vermont, Kipling decided to return to England and came to Torquay on the Devon coast. Kipling soon earned a reputation as "the poet of the Empire" and when he and his family paid a Christmas visit to the British colonies in South Africa (which became an annual tradition) they were warmly received.

In 1907 Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author," becoming the first English-language recipient.

After World War I, during which Kipling's only son John was killed, he wrote (1923) a two-volume history of his son's regiment, the Irish Guards, which is considered to be one of the finest examples of regimental history. He also became a "roving correspondent" for the British press. Among his other occupations, in 1922 he developed "The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer" for the University of Toronto, a statement of duties and responsibilities to be recited by graduates in engineering; the ritual is sometimes called the Kipling Ritual and is still in use today. In 1925 he became Lord Rector of St. Andrews University in Scotland, though his writing began to slow somewhat in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Kipling died in 1936 and his ashes were interred in Poet's Corner in Westminster Abbey, in the company of other luminaries of British literature including Geoffrey Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and Alfred Lord Tennyson.

From the guide to the Rudyard Kipling papers, 1883-1967, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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