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Book Title: War Stories and Poems|
The author of the book: Rudyard Kipling
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 9.67 MB
Edition: Oxford University Press, USA
Date of issue: June 10th 1999
ISBN 13: 9780192836861
Read full description of the books War Stories and Poems:A 1990 collection of some of Kipling's war stories, as well as some of his war poems. Much as I love reading anything by Kipling, I appreciate that nowadays it is an acquired taste. However, his war stories in my opinion have stood the test of time and read very well, but as a result many of those featured here have been collected often before. Nevertheless, an excellent choice with an ability to surprise the reader with sudden moments of extreme violence delivered in a no-nonsense casual way. The short items of poetry placed in between each story were my first real experience of Kipling's poetry, but didn't really make any impression on me at all, I guess I just don't enjoy poetry unless it's Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Not a problem, as it occupies such a small portion of the book. Very enjoyable.
Read information about the authorJoseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.
Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift".
Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: "Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." In 1907, at the age of 41, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and its youngest recipient to date. He was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, both of which he declined.
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 "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."
Kipling kept writing until the early 1930s, but at a slower pace and with much less success than before. On the night of 12 January 1936, Kipling suffered a haemorrhage in his small intestine. He underwent surgery, but died less than a week later on 18 January 1936 at the age of 70 of a perforated duodenal ulcer. Kipling's death had in fact previously been incorrectly announced in a magazine, to which he wrote, "I've just read that I am dead. Don't forget to delete me from your list of subscribers."
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