The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

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by Rudyard Kipling
     
 

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The Man Who Would Be King (1888) is a novella by Rudyard Kipling. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He is chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children.

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The Man Who Would Be King (1888) is a novella by Rudyard Kipling. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He is chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children.

It is about two British adventurers in British India who become kings of Kafiristan, a remote part of Afghanistan. The story was inspired by the exploits of James Brooke, an Englishman who became the first White Rajah of Sarawak in Borneo; and by the travels of American adventurer Josiah Harlan, who was granted the title Prince of Ghor in perpetuity for himself and his descendants. It incorporates a number of other factual elements such as the European-like appearance of many Nuristani people, and an ending modelled on the return of the head of the explorer Adolf Schlagintweit to colonial administrators.

Kipling received the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature, the youngest person ever to receive this award. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including The Jungle Book.

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ISBN-13:
2940000742983
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
09/01/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
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