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Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865, but educated in England before returning to India from 1882 to 1889. Today he is celebrated as the author of Captains Courageous and Kim, and the children’s classics The Jungle Book and Just So Stories. He is also reviled as an apologist for British colonialism, and the originator of the term “the white man’s burden.” He was a journalist and poet, but became chiefly known as a writer of short stories of adventure and military life. Kipling briefly lived in the United States, but soon moved back to England, where he came to be regarded as an unofficial poet laureate. He refused the official title, and many other honors, but accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907, and the Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Literature in 1926, ten years before his death.

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