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About the Author
Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865. The grandson of a clergyman, both on his father and mother's side, he was educated in England and served his apprenticeship as a writer on the newspapers in India. No man ever tried harder to convey to his reader the sensation and very pulse of life that he himself felt than did Kipling in his early work, of which "The Phantom Rickshaw" (1888) is a well-known example.
Kipling is undoubtedly one of the greatest writers of short stories, we are still too near him to be able to clearly appreciate his great talents.