Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
Macmillan and Co.– 1894


Synopsis
Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves, has to confront the terrible tiger Shere Khan; Kotick, the white seal, challenges the barbarity of man; Rikki-tikki-tavi, a young mongoose, fights heroically against the snakes; and Tommai gets the honour of witnessing the famous but secret dance of the elephants…
The Jungle Book – the most renowned book by Rudyard Kipling – is an emotional narrative of adventures that range from India to Alaska.


Biography
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in then Bombay, India and became one of the most famous British writers and poets of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The author of a short novel, Kim (1901), and some stories much celebrated by cinema, such as The Man Who Would Be King (1888) and the stories in The Jungle Book (1894) that narrate the story of Mowgli, Kipling is also duly recalled as the writer of such poems as Gunga Din (1890) and If (1910).
He received the Nobel Literature Prize in 1907 thus becoming the first and the youngest writer in the English language to receive literature’s highest distinction.


FunFacts
THE SECOND JUNGLE BOOK
In 1895, Kipling wrote a follow-up book, The Second Jungle Book, featuring five more adventures involving Mowgli.

NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE
Rudyard Kipling was 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”. He was the first English recipient of the award that had been established in 1901, and he is still the youngest recipient of that prize.

HIGHEST PAID WRITER
By 1897, Rudyard Kipling was not only among the most acclaimed authors but also the highest paid writer in the world.

INSPIRATION IN INDIA
Rudyard Kipling lived for 12 years in India and used the stories he heard there as the inspiration for The Jungle Book.

THE AUTHOR DIED IN JANUARY 18th,1936
Rudyard Kipling died on January 18th, 1936, at the age of 70. However, his obituary appeared in the newspaper two days before he died and he read it and responded to the publisher of the falsehood.

DAEMON HELPED HIM WRITE
Kipling claimed that a Daemon helped him to write The Jungle Book. In his final book, the autobiography Something of Myself, he wrote: “When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey.”

WALT DISNEY'S LAST FILM
The Jungle Book was Walt Disney’s last film. Walt Disney died on December 15, 1966, during the production work of The Jungle Book. After closing the studio for a day, it was reopened again to continue work on his last film, which was released on October 18, 1967.

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