Rudyard Kipling

1865 - 1936

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Joseph Rudyard Kipling ( RUD-yərd; 30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English novelist, short-story writer, poet, and journalist. He was born in British India, which inspired much of his work. Kipling's works of fiction include the Jungle Book duology (The Jungle Book, 1894; The Second Jungle Book, 1895), Kim (1901), the Just So Stories (1902) and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rudyard Kipling has received more than 10,844,864 page views. His biography is available in 118 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 112 in 2019). Rudyard Kipling is the 142nd most popular writer (down from 135th in 2019), the 19th most popular biography from India (down from 15th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Indian Writer.

Rudyard Kipling is most famous for his book The Jungle Book, which was published in 1894. It is a collection of stories, written in verse, about a boy named Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle.

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  • 118

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Notable Works

Captains courageous
Teenage boys, Fishers, Fiction
Captains Courageous tells of the adventures of fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon, after he is saved from drowning by a Portuguese fisherman in the North Atlantic. He must work as a ship's boy for a fishing season after being washed overboard from an ocean liner.
Fiction, Irish, Lamas
Kim is Rudyard Kipling's story of an orphan born in colonial India and torn between love for his native India and the demands of Imperial loyalty to his Irish-English heritage and to the British Secret Service. Long recognized as Kipling's finest work, Kim was a key factor in his winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
Just so stories
Animals, Fiction, Short stories
This delightful, fictional book is a book that explains how animals came to be.
The jungle book
Fiction, Animals, Jungles
The adventures of Mowgli, a man-child raised by wolves in the jungle, have captured the imaginations not just of children, but of all readers, for generations.
Plain tales from the hills
Fiction, History, British
Originally written for the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette, the stories were intended for a provincial readership familiar with the pleasures and miseries of colonial life. For the subsequent English edition, Kipling revised the tales so as to recreate as vividly as possible the sights and smells of India for those at home. Yet far from being a celebration of Empire, Kipling's stories tell of 'heat and bewilderment and wasted effort and broken faith'. He writes brilliantly and hauntingly about the barriers between the races, the classes and the sexes; and about innocence, not transformed into experience but implacably crushed.
Barrack-room ballads and other verses
Soldiers, Poetry, English literature

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Over the past year Rudyard Kipling has had the most page views in the with 1,279,500 views, followed by Russian (179,890), and Spanish (126,996). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Pashto (158.60%), Hakka (126.15%), and Hindi (90.47%)


Among writers, Rudyard Kipling ranks 142 out of 7,302Before him are Adam Mickiewicz, Yukio Mishima, Carlo Collodi, Boris Pasternak, Mary Shelley, and Petronius. After him are Robert Louis Stevenson, Walter Scott, Dr. Seuss, Eugène Ionesco, Joan Fuster, and Elias Canetti.

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Among people born in 1865, Rudyard Kipling ranks 2Before him is Jean Sibelius. After him are George V, Pieter Zeeman, Erich Ludendorff, Alexander Glazunov, Archduke Otto of Austria, Warren G. Harding, Suzanne Valadon, Ferdinand I of Romania, Arthur Harden, and W. B. Yeats. Among people deceased in 1936, Rudyard Kipling ranks 4Before him are Ivan Pavlov, Maxim Gorky, and Federico García Lorca. After him are George V, Luigi Pirandello, Antoine Meillet, Lu Xun, Oswald Spengler, Alexander Glazunov, Lev Kamenev, and Ferdinand Tönnies.

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In India

Among people born in India, Rudyard Kipling ranks 19 out of 1,861Before him are Vivien Leigh (1913), Nagarjuna (150), Shivaji (1627), Mahavira (-599), Shah Rukh Khan (1965), and Indira Gandhi (1917). After him are Ānanda (-600), Chandragupta Maurya (-340), Swami Vivekananda (1863), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Valmiki (-80), and Kālidāsa (400).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Rudyard Kipling ranks 3Before him are George Orwell (1903), and Rabindranath Tagore (1861). After him are Valmiki (-80), Kālidāsa (400), Salman Rushdie (1947), Tulsidas (1532), Ghalib (1797), Savitribai Phule (1831), Meera (1498), Premchand (1880), and William Makepeace Thackeray (1811).