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Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Kipling books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

2. Kim (with an Introduction by A. L. Rowse) (2018)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfFirst published in “McClure’s Magazine” between December of 1901 and October of 1901, “Kim” is the story of Kim (Kimball) O’Hara, the orphaned son of a British soldier. Set against the backdrop of “The Great Game” a political conflict between Russia and Great Britain in central Asia, the novel traces the life of the title character from begging and errand running on the streets of Lahore to his schooling at a top English school in Lucknow, where he is trained in espionage, and ultimately to a government appointment where he himself gets to play in “The Great Game.” Set between the second and third Afghan…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling, A. L. Rowse

3. Complete Verse (1988)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWitty, profound, wildly funny, acerbic and occasionally savage, Rudyard Kipling’s poems continue to delight readers of all ages.  Included are both the familiar favorites and Kipling’s lesser-known works.  This is the only complete collection of Kipling’s poems available in paperback….
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling

4. If by Rudyard Kipling & 101 More Classic Poems: Also Featuring: Annabel Lee, Ulysses, How do I Love Thee, Invictus, Wyken, Blyken and Nod, and Many More! (2013)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelfis collection of some of the best classic poetry written! Along with If by Rudyard Kipling, this book contains 101 more of the best poems. This book isn’t about inspirational poems, but it does contain a number of fantastic and inspiring poems. Included in this book are such classic poems like: If you are a poetry fanatic, a lover of If by Rudyard Kipling or just a general fan of great writing, it’s time you read “…
Author(s): Classic Poets

5. The Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling (Wordsworth Poetry Library) (1999)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis edition of the poetry of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) includes all the poems contained in the Definitive Edition of 1940. In his lifetime, Kipling was widely regarded as the unofficial Poet Laureate, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. His poetry is striking for its many rhythms and popular forms of speech, and Kipling was equally at home with dramatic monologues and extended ballads. He is often thought of as glorifying war, militarism, and the British Empire, but an attentive reading of the poems does not confirm that view. This edition reprints George Orwell’s hard-hitting account of Kipling’s poems,…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling

6. Kim by Rudyard Kipling Unabridged 1901 Original Version (2017)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfKim by Rudyard Kipling Unabridged 1901 Original Version…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling

7. Kim (Wordsworth Classics) (1999)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis novel tells the story of Kimball O’ Hara (Kim), who is the orphaned son of a soldier in the Irish regiment stationed in India during the British Raj. It describes Kim’s life and adventures from street vagabond, to his adoption by his father’s regiment and recruitment into espionage….
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling

8. Kim (First Edition) (Norton Critical Editions) (2002)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWritten in 1901, Kim is considered Kipling’s finest work, and was a key factor in his being awarded the Nobel Prize. The text―that of the 1901 Sussex Edition―is fully annotated and accompanied by three maps that help students place the novel in geographical and historical contexts. “Backgrounds” explores the novel’s complicated issues of multiculturalism, imperialism, and racism, allowing readers to glimpse Kipling’s personal thoughts about British expansionism.  Included are two short stories, poems, and letters by Kipling, as well as autobiographical and biographical…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling, Zohreh T. Sullivan

9. The Jungle Books: With Over 55 Original Illustrations (Aziloth Books) (2014)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfRudyard Kipling was born in India in 1865 and spent his early years reveling in the country's exotic delights. At five he was sent to school in England, and did not returned until 1882, when he worked as a reporter on the Civil and Military Gazette. A prolific writer, he soon became famous for a prodigious range of tales and poems, from the high adventure of The Man Who Would Be King, through the gritty doggerel of Barrack Room Ballads to charming children's story such as Puck of Pook's Hill and, perhaps his most celebrated offering, The Jungle Book. Although it includes such famous tales as 'Rikki-Tikki-Tavi'…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling

10. Captains Courageous A Story Of The Grand Banks (2016)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfCaptains Courageous is an 1897 novel, by Rudyard Kipling, that follows the adventures of fifteen-year-old Harvey Cheyne Jr., the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon, after he is saved from drowning by a Portuguese fisherman in the north Atlantic. The novel originally appeared as a serialisation in McClure’s, beginning with the November 1896 edition. Captains Courageous comes from the ballad “Mary Ambree”, which starts, “When captains courageous, whom death could not daunt”. Kipling had previously used the same title for an article on businessmen as the new adventurers, published in The…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling

11. The Jungle Books (Signet Classics) (2013)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfMowgli, lost in the deep jungle as a child, is adopted into a family of wolves. Hunted by Shere Khan, the Bengal tiger, Mowgli is allowed to run with the wolf pack under the protection of Bagheera, the black panther, and Baloo, the brown bear who teaches wolf cubs the Laws of the Jungle. Through his many adventures, Mowgli evolves from a man-cub to a just and compassionate human being who at last returns to join—perhaps to lead—his own kind.W. Somerset Maugham calls Kipling “our greatest short story writer,” and in The Jungle Books, he says, Kipling’s “great and varied gifts find…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling , Alberto Manguel, et al.

12. Kiplings Choice Pa (2007)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfAs a young man, Rudyard Kipling was devastated when his military application was rejected because of poor eyesight. Although Rudyard would go on to win England’s highest accolades, he never got over this lost opportunity to serve his country. When World War I broke out, John, like his father before him, wanted to fight for his country. When his military application was threatened for the same reason as his father’s—poor eyesight—Rudyard took matters into his own hands. Determined not to let history repeat itself, the elder Kipling applied all his influence to get…
Author(s): Geert Spillebeen

13. The Man Who Would Be King: Selected Stories (Penguin Classics) (2011)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThis selection brings together the best of Rudyard Kipling’s short writings, following the development of his work over fifty years. They take us from the harsh, cruel, vividly realized world of the “Indian” stories that made his name, through the experimental modernism of his middle period to the highly-wrought subtleties of his later pieces. Included here is the tale of insanity and empire, “The Man Who Would Be King”; the high-spirited “The Village that Voted the Earth Was Flat”; the fable of childhood cruelty and revenge “Baa Baa, Black Sheep”; the menacing psychological study…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling, Jan Montefiore

14. Kim (Annotated & Illustrated) (2016)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfKim is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author Rudyard Kipling. It was first published serially in McClure’s Magazine from December 1900 to October 1901 as well as in Cassell’s Magazine from January to November 1901, and first published in book form by Macmillan & Co. Ltd in October 1901. The story unfolds against the backdrop of The Great Game, the political conflict between Russia and Britain in Central Asia. It is set after the Second Afghan War which ended in 1881, but before the Third, probably in the period 1893 to 1898. The novel is notable for its detailed portrait of the people, culture, and…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling

15. Puck Of Pook’s Hill (2009)

 Best Kipling Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfEnchanted by the theatre, Dan and Una decide to recreate their own version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Finding the perfect spot, an old fairy ring, they set about their play, and are so enchanted that they perform it three times in a row. After a final bow, they sit down in the centre of the fairy ring – whereupon, the bushes part and Puck enters, stage left. Using his fairy magic, Puck then conjures up the past to entertain the two amazed children – a Roman centurion, a Renaissance artisan and a bygone village all appear before their very eyes. Puck of Pook’s Hill is an innocent and charming…
Author(s): Rudyard Kipling

Best Kipling Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

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Complete Works of Rudyard Kipling

Author(s): Rudyard Kipling
ID: 2795641, Publisher: Delphi Classics, Year: 2020, Size: 19 Mb, Format: epub

If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years

Author(s): Christopher Benfey
ID: 2388368, Publisher: Penguin Press, Year: 2019, Size: 17 Mb, Format: epub

If: The Untold Story of Kipling's American Years

Author(s): Christopher Benfey
ID: 2534831, Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2019, Size: 17 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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