Rudyard Kipling, the famous India-born author of The Jungle Book , had admitted to plagiarising some of his best known works, including parts of the iconic children’s book.
A letter by the author, written in 1895, has surfaced in which he admitted that, “it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously” from other stories in his account of the Law of the Jungle, which features in The Jungle Book.
The letter is now up for sale, The Telegraph reported.
“I have been absent from home for some days. Hence the delay in answering yours of no date, in regard to my account of the Law of the Jungle,” the letter, addressed to an unknown woman, reads.
“I am afraid that all that code in its outlines has been manufactured to meet ‘the necessities of the case’: though a little of it is bodily taken from (Southern) Esquimaux rules for the division of spoils”, it says.
“In fact, it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously but at present cannot remember from whose stories I have stolen. Very sincerely, Rudyard Kipling,” it adds.
Up for auction
The letter has been listed for auction by Andrusier Autographs, with a £2,500 price tag.
The Jungle Book, one of Kipling’s most famous short stories, was written in 1894.
Kipling died in 1936, aged 70. — PTI