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About the Author: Rudyard Kipling

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".

Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." In 1907, at the age of 41, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and its youngest recipient to date. He was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, both of which he declined.

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 "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."

Kipling kept writing until the early 1930s, but at a slower pace and with much less success than before. On the night of 12 January 1936, Kipling suffered a haemorrhage in his small intestine. He underwent surgery, but died less than a week later on 18 January 1936 at the age of 70 of a perforated duodenal ulcer. Kipling's death had in fact previously been incorrectly announced in a magazine, to which he wrote, "I've just read that I am dead. Don't forget to delete me from your list of subscribers."

(from Wikipedia)


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Paperback, Published in Sep 2008 by Akasha Classics

ISBN10: 160512141X | ISBN13: 9781605121413

Page count: 184

From the author of The Jungle Book comes the tale of one man s life-changing summer on the high seas. When a fishing schooner rescues a young man from the ocean off Newfoundland, they don t believe his wild tales of being a millionaire s son, nor do they appreciate his spoiled and lazy manner. But Harvey Cheyne is in fact a pampered rich kid whose fall off the deck of a luxury liner has turned his world upside down. Forced to become one of the crew until the boat finishes its expedition, Harvey finds there is more to life than getting everything you want. Rudyard Kipling s fascination with the hard and often dangerous life of New England fishermen shines through in this adventure story, which will delight readers of all ages."

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