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Profile of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

Do you remember reading The Jungle Book? On this day in 1865, author Rudyard Kipling was born.

Image: Rudyard Kipling / Library of Congress

He was born on December 30, 1865 in Bombay, in Bombay Presidency of British India to John Lockwood Kipling and Alice MacDonald. Kipling’s experiences in India, as both a young child and years later as a young adult, highly influenced much of his writings.

Considered a major innovator in the art of the short story, today Kipling’s children’s books are regarded as enduring classics of children’s literature. He was one of the most successful writers of his time and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907.

Kipling died on January 18, 1936. His ashes were buried in Poets’ Corner of Westminster Abbey, next to the graves of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.

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