22nd December, 1907 : For the first time a Nobel Prize in literature has gone to an English writer, Rudyard Kipling. There is no disputing the correctness of the choice – Mr Kipling is the foremost story writer in English and the acknowledged poet of the Empire. When he came to London in 1889, he was already famous in his native India for his Plain Tales from the Hills. In 1892 came his Barrack Room Ballads of Danny Denver, Gunga Din and Fuzzy Wuzzy, and the Road to Mandalay, full of his close identification with the lot of common soldier. But Kipling’s imagination also identifies with children as he showed in the two classic Jungle Books.

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