The Jungle Book (With the Original Illustrations by John L. Kipling): Classic of children's literature from one of the most popular writers in England
The Jungle Book is a collection of stories. The tales in the book are fables, using animals in an anthropomorphic manner to give moral lessons. The verses of The Law of the Jungle, for example, lay down rules for the safety of individuals, families and communities. Kipling put in them nearly everything he knew or "heard or dreamed about the Indian jungle." The best-known of them are the three stories revolving around the adventures of an abandoned "man cub" Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The most famous of the other four stories are probably "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the story of a heroic mongoose, and "Toomai of the Elephants", the tale of a young elephant-handler. As with much of Kipling's work, each of the stories is preceded by a piece of verse, and succeeded by another. "The Second Jungle Book" is a sequel which features five stories about Mowgli and three unrelated stories, all but one set in India, most of which Kipling wrote while living in Vermont. Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. 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".
Rudyard Kipling gelangte mit seinen beiden Dschungelbüchern und dem Roman "Kim" zu Weltruhm und wurde 1907 als 1.Engländer mit dem Literaturnobelpreis ausgezeichnet. Geboren 1865 als Sohn des englischen Kurators John Lokckwood und dessen Frau Alice MacDonald in Bombay, schickten ihn seine Eltern auf eine Schule in England; danach kehrte Kipling nach Indien zurück, wo er als Journalist und Schriftsteller arbeitete und bald zum beliebtesten englischen Autor wurde. Er starb 1936 in London.