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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 April, 2004, 11:48 GMT 12:48 UK
'Lost' Kipling story is published
Rudyard Kipling
Kipling's Stalky stories were children's books
A recently-discovered story by Rudyard Kipling has been published for the first time.

The tale, part of the Stalky & Co saga, is called Scylla and Charybdis, and sees Stalky and his friends catch a colonel cheating on the golf course.

The manuscript was uncovered by an archivist at the Haileybury and Imperial Service College in Windsor, the successor to Kipling's old school.

The Stalky tales were first published 105 years ago and are still in print.

Oxford University's Dr Jeffrey Lewins is the secretary of the Kipling Society and thinks Kipling did not want to publish the work because it was not up to scratch.

"He started a second draft and didn't complete it," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Well travelled

Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865 but was sent by his family to England at the age of five.

At the age of 16, he returned to Lahore, where his parents now lived, to work on the Civil and Military Gazette.

He went back to England 1889 before travelling with his wife to the US, where he wrote The Jungle Book.

They settled in England again in 1896 with their two young children but his wife died in 1889.

By this time Kipling had written some of his most famous poems and stories including Kim, Stalky & Co and the Just So Stories.

His later works included the poems The Absent-Minded Beggar and If.

He died in 1936, having declined most of the honours offered to him, including a knighthood, the Poet Laureate post and the Order of Merit, although he did accept the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

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