Kipling never visited the jungles of Central India, yet his descriptions have a breathtaking imaginative power, and in Mowgli, the boy who grows up among wolves, he created one of the most popular and enduring of modern literary myths. Mowgli's companions and enemies include such unforgettable creatures as Shere Khan, the tiger, and Bagheera, the black panther. Mowgli's adventures comprise a rich and complex fable of human life which will never be forgotten.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in India, although educated in England. He was a prolific writer and recognized as a genius. In 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. His many books for children includeJust So Stories and Kim.