The Tar Baby and the Tomahawk: Race and Ethnic Images in American Children's Literature, 1880-1939

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865 - 1936) was a British writer of short stories, poetry, and novels and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907. Kipling is arguably most remembered for his contributions to children’s literature, including The Jungle Book (1894) and Kim (1901). Kipling’s celebration of British imperialism, pervasive in the writing he produced, has left him a controversial figure in the twenty-first century. Kipling was a long-time admirer of Harris’s Uncle Remus stories whose anthropomorphic animal characters Kipling cited as inspiration for his own writing.