Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) is a British author, famed for short stories, poems and tales of the British Empire in India. Children may know him best for "The Jungle Book", a collection of stories first published in magazines in 1893, made into a Disney animated movie in 1967, and then the TV show TaleSpin in 1990. Kipling won the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature.
These free ebooks from the Google eBookstore include Kipling's books of stories and poems, as well as books written about him. For example, you'll find "The Jungle Book", "Just So Stories", "Kim", and hundreds more. You can read any of these in a browser, or on a variety of handhelds such as the Android, iPhone and Ipad. For other ebook devices (Sony Reader, the Nook and the Kindle) downloads are available in both EPUB and PDF. Google provides instructions for downloading to Sony Reader and the Nook. Kindle readers unfamiliar with reading ebooks in these formats, will have to "google" it to find instructions elsewhere.
Kipling won the 1907 Nobel Prize in Literature "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". Visit Nobelprize.org for a Kipling biography, bibliography, and a rare two-minute video of Kipling addressing the Canadian Author's Association.
"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." "Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears." "If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten." With 187 Kipling quotes and features galore, Thinkexist.com is (once again) my pick for quotations. Sign up for a free account, and in addition to simply browsing through the quotes, you'll be able to save favorites in a personal Quotation Book and contribute quotes.
Although the site navigation is so 1996, Victorian Web still has great content. Their Kipling section includes a biography, a time line, a chronological listing of his published works, and a discussion of common Kiplinger themes and subjects, such as his portrayal of the British Empire. "In Kipling's work, as in his life, the British Empire assumed a complex mythical or legendary function, which he passed on to his readers. It was a positive force in the sense that it ordered and unified his creativity, and a negative one to the extent that it limited his perspective."