Rudyard Kipling





Rudyard Kipling

Author profile


born
in Bombay, India
December 30, 1865

died
January 18, 1936

gender
male

genre


About this author

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."

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudyard_...


Average rating: 3.94 · 203,400 ratings · 6,297 reviews · 1,176 distinct works · Similar authors
The Jungle Books
by
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 51,867 ratings — published 1895 — 128 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Jungle Book
3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 52,929 ratings — published 1894 — 641 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Just So Stories
4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 29,174 ratings — published 1902 — 347 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Kim
by
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 18,697 ratings — published 1901 — 370 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Captains Courageous
3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 11,963 ratings — published 1897 — 267 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
by
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 12,804 ratings — published 1894 — 56 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Man Who Would Be King
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 5,768 ratings — published 1888 — 98 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Puck of Pook's Hill
by
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,397 ratings — published 1906 — 110 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Second Jungle Book
3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,266 ratings — published 1895 — 126 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Gunga Din and Other Favorit...
3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 739 ratings — published 1892 — 5 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Rudyard Kipling…
“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
Rudyard Kipling

“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 wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the will which says to them: 'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

“He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”
Rudyard Kipling, Many Inventions

Polls

January 2015 Old School Classics Poll

Which book would you like to read for our January 2015 Old School Classics group read?

1851, Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell, 257 pages
 
  14 votes, 22.2%

1842, Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol, 464 pages
 
  11 votes, 17.5%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  8 votes, 12.7%

1868, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 449 pages
 
  4 votes, 6.3%

 
  4 votes, 6.3%

 
  4 votes, 6.3%

 
  4 votes, 6.3%

1894, The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling, 368 pages
 
  4 votes, 6.3%

 
  3 votes, 4.8%

1830, The Red and the Black by Stendhal, 607 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.2%

1895, Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane, 272 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.2%

1847, Agnes Grey by Anne Brontë, 251 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.2%

1869, The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, 560 pages
 
  1 vote, 1.6%

comments and details
More...