Rudyard Kipling Facts

Rudyard Kipling Facts
Rudyard Kipling was an English writer best known for the children's book The Jungle Book. He was born Joseph Rudyard Kipling on December 30th, 1865 in Bombay, India to John Lockwood Kipling, a pottery designer and sculptor, and Alice Kipling. When he was five he was sent with his sister to board with a captain and his wife in Portsmouth while his parents stayed in India. It was later learned that the captain's wife was cruel to Rudyard. In 1878 Rudyard attended the United Services College to prep for the British Army, but at 16 Rudyard went to work as an assistant editor at a newspaper in India. His writing career began while working at the paper.
Interesting Rudyard Kipling Facts:
Rudyard Kipling's first collection of verse was published in 1886 titled Departmental Ditties.
While working at the newspaper the Civil and Military Gazette Rudyard was asked to start writing short stories.
Between 1886 and 1887, 39 of Rudyard Kipling's stories appeared in the newspaper where he worked.
Rudyard Kipling's first collection of prose titled Plain Tales from the Hills was published in 1888 in Calcutta. Rudyard was 22 years old when it was published.
In 1887 Rudyard Kipling was transferred to work at The Pioneer, a larger newspaper in Allahabad.
Rudyard Kipling published six short story collections in 1888 including Soldiers Three, The Story of the Gadsbys, In Black and White, Under the Deodards, The Phantom Rickshaw, and Wee Willie Winkie.
Rudyard Kipling's job at the newspaper ended in 1889 when he was fired over an argument, and he took his six-month's salary and set sail for England.
On his voyage to London, England Rudyard toured North America. He met Mark Twain on his journeys.
Rudyard Kipling arrived in London in 1889, and began to write. His novel The Light that Failed was published two years later.
Rudyard Kipling married Caroline Starr Balestier, the sister of a friend (who was co-writer of the novel The Naulahka), in 1892.
Rudyard and his wife settled in a cottage in Vermont and had a daughter Josephine in 1892.
Rudyard drew the first pictures for The Jungle Book while living in the cottage.
British writer Arthur Conan Doyle once visited Rudyard at his cottage called Naulakha.
In 1896 Rudyard and Caroline had a second daughter Elsie. The Kiplings returned to England the same year.
Rudyard Kipling published The Jungle Book in 1894, and The Second Jungle Book in 1895.
Rudyard and Caroline had a son named John in 1897.
In 1899 Josephine died of pneumonia. She was six years old.
Rudyard Kipling published a large collection of work in his lifetime including books, novels, collections, poems, autobiographies, speeches, and short stories. His work included children's books, military stories, and travel stories, among other topics.
Rudyard Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907. He was the first English recipient of the award that had been established in 1901.
Rudyard's son John died during the First World War, at the Battle of Loos.
Rudyard Kipling died on January 18th, 1936, at the age of 70. His obituary appeared in the newspaper two days before he died and he read it and responded to the publisher of the falsehood.


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