It’s the birthday of short-story writer, poet, and novelist (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay, India (1865). His father was a British artist who got an appointment to run an art school in Bombay, but after a series of typhoid and cholera outbreaks, Kipling’s parents decided to send him back to England for his own safety.
After school, he went off to the northwest corner of India, where the British were fighting a war with Afghanistan. Kipling got a job on an army newspaper, and he also began writing fiction and poetry. After six years of publishing his work, he sold everything he’d written for £250 to a company that began selling paperback editions of his collected works in railway stations around India. Those paperback editions became more successful than anyone had ever expected, and suddenly magazines and newspapers were begging Kipling to write for them. He moved back to London, where he’d become a literary celebrity, but he found the life of a celebrity did not agree with him.
Taken from: The Writer’s Almanac for December 30, 2014