30 December 1865
Joseph Rudyard Kipling, British short-story writer, poet and journalist, was born in Bombay
in British India
. He was the elder of two surviving children.
1881 Schoolboy Lyrics
, a volume of poetry, was technically RK's first published work. Printed for private circulation by his parents, much to his later embarrassment, it contains brilliant exercises in the styles of canonical poets.
RK published the first of his children's books to become and remain well-known: The Jungle Book
December 1900-October 1901
RK's most enduring and widely-read longer fiction, the short novel Kim
, was serialised in McClure's Magazine
18 January 1936
RK, short-story writer, poet and journalist, died of a haemorrhage from a perforated duodenal ulcer at the Middlesex Hospital
RK's brief autobiography, Something of Myself
, was posthumously published. It was reprinted the same month.