Kipling Letter: I Stole Parts of Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling letter set for auction

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 28, 2013 11:31 AM CDT | Updated Jun 1, 2013 8:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A letter from 1895 is raising new questions about the tales of Mowgli and friends. Jungle Book author Rudyard Kipling wrote to an unknown recipient regarding the Law of the Jungle, a portion of the book: "A little of it is bodily taken from (Southern) Eskimo rules for the division of spoils. In fact, it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously but at present cannot remember from whose stories I have stolen."

An autograph expert bought the letter this month from an antiquarian book dealer, reports the Telegraph. It came from a batch of miscellaneous books and letters, the dealer says. Now, the letter is set for auction by Andrusier Autographs; it's listed for some $3,800. The discovery comes just months after the revelation of another big Kipling find.

Rudyard Kipling admitted to likely lifting portions of 'The Jungle Book.'
Rudyard Kipling admitted to likely lifting portions of 'The Jungle Book.'   (Wikimedia Commons)
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