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  The Jungle Book Kipling, Rudyard Published:  1894 Type(s):  Novels, Fantasy Source:  Wikisource 1  About Kipling:  Joseph Rudyard Kipling (December 30, 1865 – January 18, 1936) wasan English author and poet, born in India, and best known today for hischildren's books, including The Jungle Book (1894), The Second JungleBook (1895), Just So Stories (1902), and Puck of Pook's Hill (1906); hisnovel, Kim (1901); his poems, including Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din(1890), and If— (1910); and his many short stories, including The ManWho Would Be King (1888) and the collections Life's Handicap (1891),The Day's Work (1898), and Plain Tales from the Hills (1888). He is re-garded as a major innovator in the art of the short story ; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and his best workspeaks to a versatile and luminous narrative gift. Kipling was one of themost popular writers in English, in both prose and verse, in the late 19thand early 20th centuries. The author Henry James famously said of him: Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (asdistinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known. In 1907, he wasawarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English lan-guage writer to receive the prize, and he remains today its youngest-everrecipient. Among other honours, he was sounded out for the British PoetLaureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, all of which herejected. However, later in life Kipling also came to be seen (in GeorgeOrwell's words) as a prophet of British imperialism. Many saw preju-dice and militarism in his works, and the resulting controversy abouthim continued for much of the 20th century. According to critic DouglasKerr: He is still an author who can inspire passionate disagreement andhis place in literary and cultural history is far from settled. But as the ageof the European empires recedes, he is recognized as an incomparable, if controversial, interpreter of how empire was experienced. That, and anincreasing recognition of his extraordinary narrative gifts, make him aforce to be reckoned with. Source: Wikipedia Also available on Feedbooks for Kipling: ã Captains Courageous  (1897)ã  Just so Stories  (1902)ã Kim  (1901)ã The Man Who Would be King  (1888)ã The Second Jungle Book   (1895) Copyright:  This work is available for countries where copyright isLife+70 and in the USA.  2  Note:  This book is brought to you by Feedbooks.http://www.feedbooks.comStrictly for personal use, do not use this file for commercial purposes. 3  Chapter  1 Mowgli's Brothers Now Rann the Kite brings home the nightThat Mang the Bat sets free–The herds are shut in byre and hutFor loosed till dawn are we.This is the hour of pride and power,Talon and tush and claw.Oh, hear the call!–Good hunting allThat keep the Jungle Law!Night-Song in the JungleIt was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills whenFather Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, andspread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling intheir tips. Mother Wolf lay with her big gray nose dropped across herfour tumbling, squealing cubs, and the moon shone into the mouth of thecave where they all lived. Augrh!” said Father Wolf. “It is time to huntagain.” He was going to spring down hill when a little shadow with a bushy tail crossed the threshold and whined: “Good luck go with you, OChief of the Wolves. And good luck and strong white teeth go withnoble children that they may never forget the hungry in this world.”It was the jackal–Tabaqui, the Dish-licker–and the wolves of India des-pise Tabaqui because he runs about making mischief, and telling tales,and eating rags and pieces of leather from the village rubbish-heaps. Butthey are afraid of him too, because Tabaqui, more than anyone else in the jungle, is apt to go mad, and then he forgets that he was ever afraid of anyone, and runs through the forest biting everything in his way. Eventhe tiger runs and hides when little Tabaqui goes mad, for madness isthe most disgraceful thing that can overtake a wild creature. We call ithydrophobia, but they call it dewanee–the madness– and run.  4
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