Author(s): Rudyard Kipling
This collection opens with "The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows", the first story Kipling published as a young journalist in India, and ends with an acknowledged masterpiece, "The Gardener", written 50 years later in the aftermath of the great war.
Rudyard Joseph Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865 but spent most of his childhood in England. He returned to India in 1881 as a journalist and also wrote stories, sketches and poems. His literary reputation was established with Plain Tales from the Hills (1888). Today he is best remembered for The Jungle Book and Kim. He was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in 1907