History Creator / RudyardKipling

6th Oct '17 5:24:32 PM JulianLapostat
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 18 January 1936) is an English writer and Nobel prize winner, born in India. These days Kipling is perhaps best known as the creator of Mowgli, star of ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', though he wrote many other stories.

Many of Kipling's works, including ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', are set in British India, and popularised most of the associated tropes. His other works include some early ScienceFiction, while his literary style, particularly indirect exposition, was a significant influence on Campbell, Creator/BertoltBrecht and Creator/RobertAHeinlein.

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Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 18 January 1936) is an English writer and Nobel prize winner, born in India. These days Kipling is perhaps best known as the creator of Mowgli, star of ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', though he wrote many other stories.

[[UsefulNotes/{{Mumbai}} Bombay]], UsefulNotes/{{India}}, during UsefulNotes/TheRaj.

Many of Kipling's works, including ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', are set in British India, and popularised most of the associated tropes. His other works include some early ScienceFiction, while his literary style, particularly indirect exposition, was a significant influence on Campbell, Creator/BertoltBrecht and Creator/RobertAHeinlein.
Creator/RobertAHeinlein. He was a favourite of Creator/HenryJames, Creator/TSEliot, Creator/JorgeLuisBorges, Creator/NeilGaiman and others. Even Creator/SalmanRushdie while disagreeing ''entirely'' with his politics, his viewpoints, and values, agrees that Kipling's works, biased as it is, does capture a sense of an authentic India, which despite his imperial viewpoint, he did get right to an extent.

And what is more, Kipling was an innovator in the short story form, a prolific author of many stories and tales, and avoiding SturgeonsLaw for a good number of them. In PopCulturalOsmosis, Kipling is best known as the creator of Mowgli, star of ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', popularized and immortalized by its [[Disney/TheJungleBook cartoon]] and [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 live-action adaptations]].



Although this should not be taken, [[CommonKnowledge as it has in recent years]] that Kipling in any way opposed the war, or that he was anti-war. Kipling supported British entry into UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, wrote propaganda on its behalf, and after the war fully supported the Treaty of Versailles, and vehemently criticizing the British Parliament for not supporting UsefulNotes/{{France}}'s position in more strictly enforcing the conditions of the treaty. Kipling grieved like any father did, but he never regretted Britain's participation in the war, nor did he repudiate its role and function as TheEmpire. Indeed he felt that the British Empire, in alliance with France and America was more essential than ever with the rise of Bolshevism and Nazism. He believed in ConspiracyTheory false allegations that the Labour party was a Communist front (it wasn't) but he also opposed Oswald Moseley and Nazism.



* CreatorBreakdown: Kipling was an ardent imperialist. Then his only son died in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, after dad had pulled some strings to get him into the service when medical conditions might otherwise have kept him out. His "Epitaphs of War" afterwards were extremely bitter about the nature of the conflict, including the famous "our fathers lied" segment.
** Not to mention:
--->''I could not dig, I dared not rob;''
--->''Therefore I lied to please the mob.''
--->''Now all my lies are proved untrue''
--->''And I must face the men I slew.''
--->''[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone What tale shall serve me here among]]''
--->''[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Mine angry and defrauded young?]]''
25th Sep '17 11:34:17 AM dlchen145
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is an English writer and Nobel prize winner, born in India. These days Kipling is perhaps best known as the creator of Mowgli, star of ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', though he wrote many other stories.

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Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) (30 December 1865 18 January 1936) is an English writer and Nobel prize winner, born in India. These days Kipling is perhaps best known as the creator of Mowgli, star of ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', though he wrote many other stories.
13th Sep '17 2:24:41 AM PaulA
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TropeNamer for UsefulNotes/KiplingsFinest, a subject he wrote about frequently.



* GentlemenRankers: The poem "Gentlemen-Rankers" (arguably the trope namer, almost certainly the source of the term's widespread recognition) is a lament written from the perspective of a gentleman-ranker in India, detailing his feelings of detachment and despair.

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* GentlemenRankers: The poem "Gentlemen-Rankers" (arguably the trope namer, almost (almost certainly the source of the term's widespread recognition) is a lament written from the perspective of a gentleman-ranker in India, detailing his feelings of detachment and despair.



* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The TropeNamer.

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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The TropeNamer.MoreDeadlyThanTheMale:
13th Sep '17 2:23:23 AM PaulA
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* AdorablyPrecociousChild: [[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Plain_Tales_from_the_Hills/Tods%27_Amendment Tods]] and [[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Plain_Tales_from_the_Hills/The_Story_of_Muhammad_Din Muhammad Din]].

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* AdorablyPrecociousChild: [[https://en.AdorablyPrecociousChild:
** Tods in "[[https://en.
wikisource.org/wiki/Plain_Tales_from_the_Hills/Tods%27_Amendment Tods]] and [[https://en.Tods' Amendment]]".
** Muhammad Din in "[[https://en.
wikisource.org/wiki/Plain_Tales_from_the_Hills/The_Story_of_Muhammad_Din The Story of Muhammad Din]].Din]]".



* StarCrossedLovers: ''In Flood Time'', as well as ''Beyond The Pale.''

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* StarCrossedLovers: StarCrossedLovers:
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''In Flood Time'', as well as Time''.
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''Beyond The Pale.''Pale''.



* UnableToSupportAWife: "The Post That Fitted," "In the Pride of His Youth."

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* UnableToSupportAWife: UnableToSupportAWife:
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"The Post That Fitted," Fitted".
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"In the Pride of His Youth."Youth".
13th Sep '17 12:08:58 AM RaineyH
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* TheRealHeroes: Frequently depicts enlisted men, ground-level bureaucrats, and their native counterparts in this light.
12th Sep '17 10:48:06 PM RaineyH
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* AdorablyPrecociousChild: [[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Plain_Tales_from_the_Hills/Tods%27_Amendment Tods]] and [[https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Plain_Tales_from_the_Hills/The_Story_of_Muhammad_Din Muhammad Din]].



* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale:

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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale:MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The TropeNamer.



-->But the tale is on the Frontier, and from Michni to Mooltan\\

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-->But the tale is on the Frontier, and from Michni [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khyber_Agency Michni]] to Mooltan\\[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multan Mooltan]]\\



* StarCrossedLovers: ''In Flood Time''

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* StarCrossedLovers: ''In Flood Time''Time'', as well as ''Beyond The Pale.''



* UnableToSupportAWife: "The Post That Fitted"

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* UnableToSupportAWife: "The Post That Fitted"Fitted," "In the Pride of His Youth."



* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Sort of. Kipling while regarding Europeans (or at least British) as made to rule, admired colonial soldiers, railray workers, mailmen and other such blue collar people. They were, like ordinary whites in similar jobs, the ones that he believed really kept TheEmpire together. And most important of all, they were colorful and romantic.

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* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Sort of. Kipling while regarding Europeans (or at least British) as made to rule, admired colonial soldiers, railray railway workers, mailmen and other such blue collar people. They were, like ordinary whites in similar jobs, the ones that he believed really kept TheEmpire together. And most important of all, they were colorful and romantic.
23rd Aug '17 2:55:16 AM PaulA
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* StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism: "The Gardener" begins with the protagonist going to spend a few months in the South of France to recuperate from lung trouble, and coming back with a baby boy who is introduced to the neighbors as the orphan son of her BlackSheep brother, who went abroad years earlier and was never heard from again.
14th Mar '17 7:05:18 PM PaulA
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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The TropeNamer. Kipling's thesis was that this stemmed from woman's role in preserving the species:

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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The TropeNamer. MoreDeadlyThanTheMale:
** In "The Female of the Species",
Kipling's thesis was that this stemmed from woman's role in preserving the species:



** And he had this to say about Afghan women:
-->''When you find yourself bleeding on Afghanistan's plains\\
And their women come out to cut up what remains\\

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** And In "The Young British Soldier", he had this to say about Afghan women:
-->''When you find yourself bleeding you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains\\
plains,\\
And their the women come out to cut up what remains\\remains,\\



And go to your God like a soldier''

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And An' go to your God Gawd like a soldier''soldier.''
14th Mar '17 1:27:21 AM pyroclastic
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->''If neither foes mornor loving friends can hurt you''

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->''If neither foes mornor nor loving friends can hurt you''
14th Mar '17 1:26:59 AM pyroclastic
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->''If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you''

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->''If neither foes nor mornor loving friends can hurt you''



* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Kipling's thesis was this stemmed from woman's role in preserving the species:

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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: The TropeNamer. Kipling's thesis was that this stemmed from woman's role in preserving the species:
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