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The Jungle Books, regarded as classis stories told by an adult to children and best known for the "Mowgli" series, also constitutes a complex literary work of art in which the whole of Kipling's philosophy of life is expressed in miniature. The stories, a mixture of fantasy, myth and magic, are underpinned by Kipling's abiding preoccupation with the theme of self-discovery and the nature of the "Law."
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Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865. During his time at the United Services College, he began to write poetry, privately publishing Schoolboy Lyrics in 1881. The following year he started work as a journalist in India, and while there produced a body of work, stories, sketches, and poems including Mandalay, Gunga Din, and Danny Deeverwhich made him an instant literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1889. While living in Vermont with his wife, an American, Kipling wrote The Jungle Books, Just So Stories, and Kimwhich became widely regarded as his greatest long work, putting him high among the chronicles of British expansion. Kipling returned to England in 1902, but he continued to travel widely and write, though he never enjoyed the literary esteem of his early years. In 1907, he became the first British writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize. He died in 1936From AudioFile:
Numerous recordings of The Jungle Books are available, from the comic book variety, to some good dramatizations, to several complete versions of Kipling's tales of Mowgli and his jungle friends. Under the new Big Ben imprint Wanda McCaddon provides a terrific addition to the choices available. McCaddon gives us a "fresh" reading--lively, articulate and smooth. She gives Bagheera, the black panther; Sher Khan, the tiger; and the other jungle creatures marvelous accents which will entrance listeners of all ages. In this recording Kipling's literature has all the sparkle that has entertained generations. R.F.W. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description New American Library Inc., 1961. Condition: Fair. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP96453621
Book Description New American Library Inc., 1961. Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP97025035
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Mass Market Paperback. Condition: Fair. Seller Inventory # G0451513053I5N00
Book Description New American Library Inc. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Condition: Very Good. 0451513053 Crisp pages. Tight binding. Moderate shelf wear on cover. Dirty edges. Light tanning. Good reading copy. Seller Inventory # ASB-3MJ9-S510