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Rudyard Kipling

1865 - 1936

The English journalist, short story writer, poet and novelist, Rudyard Kipling, is usually remembered as the advocate of British imperialism through his short stories and poems about Britsh soldiers in India. He also wrote several tales for kids including The Jungle Book.
By winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907, he became the first author, writing in English, to ever receive it.


How the Camel Got Its Hump

NOW this is the next tale, and it tells how the Camel got his big hump.
In the beginning of years, when the world was so new and all, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, there was... [+]


How the Whale Got His Throat

IN the sea, once upon a time, O my Best Beloved, there was a Whale, and he ate fishes. He ate the starfish and the garfish, and the crab and the dab, and the plaice and the dace, and the skate and his... [+]



If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can... [+]


The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo

NOT always was the Kangaroo as now we do behold him, but a Different Animal with four short legs. He was grey and he was woolly, and his pride was inordinate: he danced on an outcrop in the middle of... [+]


Christmas in India

Dim dawn behind the tamerisks, the sky is saffron-yellow,
As the women in the village grind the corn,
And the parrots seek the riverside, each calling to his fellow
That the Day, the staring... [+]