Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, India, but raised in England until he returned to India in 1881 as a journalist and local newspaper editor. In 1907 Kipling became the first English writer to win the Nobel Prize for literature. A poet and prolific short story writer, he is best known as the author of The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1902), and Just So Stories (1902).
Zohreh T. Sullivan is Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Narratives of Empire: The Fictions of Rudyard Kipling, Exiled Memories: Stories of Iranian Diaspora, and many articles on British, colonial, and postcolonial literatures.