Today, he is best remembered for one major work, The Forsyte Saga, which is a fictitious trilogy of family life written between 1906 and 1921.
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was a novelist, short-story writer, children's writer and poet. He was born in British India which provides the backdrop to much of his fiction.
Amongst his best known works are The Jungle Book (1894); Kim (1901) and The Just So Stories (1902).
An enormously well-received author in his period, he has retained his place in popular literary culture, although inevitably his works have become the subject of post-colonial criticism.