Rudyard Kipling


Joseph Rudyard Kipling (18651936) was an English author and poet, born in Bombay, India, and best known for his works The Jungle Book (1894), The Second Jungle Book (1895), Just So Stories (1902), and Puck of Pook's Hill (1906); his novel, Kim (1901); his poems, including Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), and "If—" (1910); and his many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888) and the collections Life's Handicap (1891), The Day's Work (1898), and Plain Tales from the Hills (1888). He is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story";  his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and his best work speaks to a versatile and luminous narrative gift.   

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1.  Jungle Book -  Novel tells the story of Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves: his escapades and adventures with his dear friends Bagheera the panther and Baloo the bear, his capture by the Monkey-People, his attempt at reintegration into human society, and his ultimate triumph over the lame tiger Shere Khan.

2.  Captains Courageous -  Real men don’t take guff from snotty kids. Neither does Disko Troop, skipper of the “We’re Here”, a fishing schooner out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, when his crew fishes Harvey Cheyne out of the Atlantic. There’s no place on the Grand Banks for bystanders, so Harvey is press-ganged into service as a replacement for a man lost overboard and drowned. Harvey is heir to a vast fortune, but his rescuers believe none of what he tells them of his background.

3.  Kim - Kim is a fabulous adventure story set in India during the former British Empire. It tells the story of a street-wise but (in typical Kipling fashion) highly moral Anglo-Indian boy who becomes enmeshed in “the Great Game” -– the competition between Britain and Russia for control over Asia.

4.  The Man who Would be King -The story of two British adventurers in British India who become kings of Kafiristan, a remote part of Afghanistan.

5.  Gunga Din (6th Poem in this collection)

6.  If  (A poem that every father should read to his young son /or daughter)

7.  Just So Stories - First published in 1902.  They are a collection of fantastic stories, typically about how various animals came to be the way they are today.

8.  Mark of the Beast  (6th story in this collection of Short Stories)

9.  Rewards and Fairies -Dan and Una met Puck last summer, in Puck of Pook’s Hill.(See Audio below)  This summer, they meet him again – and several individuals from different periods in history, who, while generally not famous themselves, tell their tales of meeting Queen Elizabeth, Francis Drake, George Washington, and other well-known historical figures. Sadly, Dan and Una forget these encounters as soon as they are over, but the reader can enjoy them for years to come!

10.  Stalky & Company - published in 1899. Set at an English boarding school in a seaside town on the North Devon coast. The book is a collection of linked short stories, with some information about the eponymous Stalky’s later life. Beetle, one of the main trio, is said to be based on Kipling himself, while Stalky may be based on Lionel Dunsterville.

11.  First Stalky and Company (and more stories) - This small collection puts together stories by Kipling that feature the characters from Stalky & Co. but which for some reason were not included in the book Stalky & Co. Of these the more interesting is the first, “Stalky”, which introduces the characters and is full of the humour and understanding of adolescent males and their timeless jostling with adult powers that characterize the stories in Stalky & Co.

12.  Puck of Pook’s Hill - a children’s book published in 1906, containing a series of short stories set in different periods of history. The stories are all told to two children living near Pevensey by people magically plucked out of history by Puck

13.  The Light That Failed - This novel follows the life of Dick Heldar, a painter.  It is a tale of a man who loves his work, friends and boats. In 1939,  it was made into a movie by Paramount starring Ronald Colman. 

14. The Children of the Zodiac (2nd story in the Short Story Collection Vol. 001)  

15. His Wedded Wife   (6th story in the Short Story Collection Vol. 021) 

16. Rout of the White Hussars  (10th and last story in the Short Story Collection Vol. 021)

17. The Return of Imray  (7th story in Ghost Story Collection 003)

18. Rikki Tikki Tavi  (12th story in Short Story Collection 005)

19. My Own True Ghost Story  (7th story in Short Story Collection 019)

20. Wee Willie Winkie  (10th story in Short Story Collection 028)

21. The Cat That Walked by Himself  (3rd story in Young Adults Collection 001)

22. The Other Man  (8th story in short story collection 39)

23. The Phantom Rickshaw  (10th story in Ghost Story Collection 006)

24. The Strange ride of Morrowbie Jukes  (13th story in Ghost Story Collection 006)

25. In the House of Suddhoo  (12th story in Short Story Collection # 040)

26. How the Camel Got His Hump  (2nd story in Children's Short Stories 04)

27. Departmental Ditties  (7th story in My First Book)

28. The Recrudescence of Imray (12th story in Short Story Collection # 45)

29. An Interview With Mark Twain by Rudyard Kipling  (8th story in short nonfiction collection # 18)
30.  Pig  (9th story in Short Story Collection # 47)

31.  Plain Tales From The Hills  (published 1888) is the first collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling.  

  • 01 – My Own True Ghost Story, by Rudyard Kipling 
  • 02 – The Sending of Dana Da, by Rudyard Kipling 
    03 – In the House of Suddhoo, by Rudyard Kipling 
    04 – His Wedded Wife, by Rudyard Kipling 

    33.  The Brushwood Boy - The experiences in public school, Sandhurst and military life in India of Major George Cotter together with his adventures in the dream world he discovers and frequents.

    34.  Christmas In India (6th story in Xmas Short Works - 2011)

    35.  The Story of Muhammad Din   (17th story in Short Story Collection Vol 50)

    It!  (2nd story from Short Story Collection # 52) 

    37a.  Mrs. Bathurst (part one) by Rudyard Kipling (4th story in Movies and Hollywood # 01) 

    37b.  Mrs. Bathurst (part two) by Rudyard Kipling (5th story in Movies and Hollywood # 01)  

    38.  Just So Stories - The stories, first published in 1902, are fantastic accounts of how various natural phenomena came about. The original editions of Just So Stories were illustrated with woodcuts by Kipling himself. Each story is accompanied by a poem, in a somewhat ballad style. 

    39.  The Beginning of Armadillos by Rudyard Kipling (1st story in Children’s Short Works # 17)

    40.  They by Rudyard Kipling (2nd Story in Short Ghost & Horror Collection #19)

    41.  Abaft the Funnel  - "Men in pajamas sitting abaft the funnel and swapping lies of the purple seas." Thirty one early short stories by the master story teller Kipling

    42.  Letters of Travel - Three books of travel writing (between them covering the USA, Canada, Japan and Egypt) by the Nobel Prize winning author Rudyard Kipling (an Englishman born and raised in India) offers an interesting outsider's view of the places he visits, candid and sharp witted, yet with a deep humanity.

    43aThe Courting Of Dinah Shadd by Rudyard Kipling Part 1 (15th story from International Short Stories # 2)

    43b. The Courting Of Dinah Shadd by Rudyard Kipling Part 2 (16th story from International Short Stories # 2)

    44. The Fringes of the Fleet - During World War I, [Kipling] wrote a booklet The Fringes of the Fleet containing essays and poems on various nautical subjects of the war. Some of the poems were set to music by English composer Edward Elgar.

    45.  A Fleet In Being; Notes Of Two Trips With The Channel Squadron - [Kipling] became involved in the debate over the British response to the rise in German naval power known as the Tirpitz Plan to build a fleet to challenge the Royal Navy, publishing a series of articles in 1898 which were collected as A Fleet in Being. And as always with Kipling there is that wonderful sardonic humor and attention to the lower orders of being.

    46. The Finest Story in the World by Rudyard Kipling  (19th story from Short Ghost and Horror Collection # 25)

    47.  France At War: On the Frontier of Civilization - In 1915, as the "Great War" (World War 1) entered its second year Rudyard Kipling made a journalistic tour of the front, visiting French armed forces. By then he was already winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature (the first writer in English to be so honoured). He published his observations in articles in the Daily Telegraph in England, and in the New York Sun. At that stage of the war nationalistic sentiments were running high but the true cost of war was beginning to be understood "at home".

    48. The Kipling Reader - These are 23 selections of Kipling's writings; some poems, some fiction, some history but all by the master storyteller himself. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi' -- William the Conqueror, Part I -- William the Conqueror, Part II -- Wee Willie Winkie -- A matter of fact -- Mowgli's brothers -- The lost legion -- Namgay Doola -- A germ-destroyer -- 'Tiger! Tiger!' -- Tods' amendment -- The story of Muhammad Din -- The finances of the gods -- Moti Guj, Mutineer.

    49. The Village That Voted The Earth Was Flat - Possibly as relevant today as it ever was, this story tells the tale of an English village, Huckley, that is beguiled into voting the Earth was flat. How? And why? That is what this beguiling tale of Kipling's sets out to tell us; how the local Huckley squire, Sir Thomas Ingell, having lured two newspaper proprietors, a reporter and an MP into committing a speeding violation, has the tables turned on him by their making his village (and, thereby, him) an international laughing stock - with the help of Bat Masquerier, music hall proprietor, example of The Totally Amoral Soul and Personal Devil (to quote one of his co-conspirators). The dancing of the Gubby, the totally imaginary Huckley village dance, in the Houses of Parliament serves as a climax and a high spot of the tale. This story can be found in the Kipling collection "A Diversity of Creatures".

    50. The Bridge Builders - A tale of the revenge of the earth, in this case, specifically, Mother Gunga, Goddess of the River Ganga, against the men who confine her power, The Bridge Builders is also a tale of the death of the Gods as their place in the earth is taken by the things of science. A close description of the building of a bridge across the River Ganges, the tale also tells of a vision of the Gods in an opium dream like a dream in the mind of Brahma; and when Brahma wakes, the Gods die. Or do they?




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