“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug ever used by mankind.” – Rudyard Kipling
A prolific writer, Kipling was born in Bombay, India on Dec. 30, 1865. Educated in England, he started his writing career with a series of essays called "Departmental Ditties." But it was his epic novels and short stories that brought him lasting fame. Kipling is probably best known for The Jungle Book as well as Captains Courageous, and, of course, his “Just So” stories. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
Considered one of the greatest English writers, he ironically wrote most of his best-known stories while residing in America – particularly Brattleboro, VT, where he lived for many years after his marriage to American Caroline Balestier in 1892.
Friendly and optimistic, Kipling once noted, “I always prefer to believe the best of everybody, it saves so much trouble.”
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