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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling, born in Bombay, India, on December 30, 1865, made a significant
contribution to English Literature in various genres including poetry, short story and
novel. His birth took place in an affluent family with his father holding the post of
Professor of Architectural Sculpture at the Bombay School of Art and his mother coming
from a family of accomplished women. He spent his early childhood in India where an
‘aya' took care of him and where under her influence he came in direct contact with the
Indian culture and traditions. His parents decided to send him to England for education
and so at the young age of five he started living in England with Madam Rosa, the landlady
of the lodge he lived in, where for the next six years he lived a life of misery due to
the mistreatment - beatings and general victimization - he faced there. Due to this sudden
change in environment and the evil treatment he received, he suffered from insomnia for
the rest of his life. This played an important part in his literary imagination (Sandison
A.G.). His parents removed him from the rigidly Calvinistic foster home and placed him in
a private school at the age of twelve. The English schoolboy code of honor and duty deeply
affected his views in later life, especially when it involved loyalty to a group or a

Returning to India in 1882 he worked as a newspaper reporter and a part-time writer and
this helped him to gain a rich experience of colonial life which he later presented in his
stories and poems (Martinez, Gabriel A.). In 1886 he published his first volume of poetry,
‘Departmental Ditties' and between 1887 and 1889 he published six volumes of short
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