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Songs from Books
by Rudyard Kipling
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"Songs from Books" (1913) was a collection of poems that had been published in, or as introductions or afterwords to, his prose writings; some of them being expanded.
From the Publisher
Songs from Books - The Years Between and Parodies was originally published in 1927.
From the Author
I have collected in this volume practically all the verses and chapter-headings scattered through my books. In several cases where only a few lines of verse were originally used, I have given in full the song, etc., from which they were taken.
About the Author
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English writer and Nobel laureate, who wrote novels, poems, and short stories, mostly set in India and Burma (now known as Myanmar) during the time of British rule. Kipling was born December 30, 1865, in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, and at age six, was sent to be educated in England. From 1882 to 1889 he edited and wrote short stories for the Civil and Military Gazette of Lahore, India. He then published "Departmental Ditties" (1886), satirical verse dealing with civil and military barracks life in British colonial India, and a collection of his magazine stories called "Plain Tales from the Hills" (1887).
Kipling's literary reputation was established by six stories of English life in India, published in India between 1888 and 1889, that revealed his profound identification with, and appreciation for, the land and people of India. Thereafter he traveled extensively in Asia and the United States, married Caroline Balestier, an American, in 1892, lived briefly in Vermont, and finally settled in England in 1903. He was a prolific writer; most of his work attained wide popularity. He received the 1907 Nobel Prize in literature, the first English author to be so honored. Kipling died January 18, 1936, in London.
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