Rudyard Kipling was a Victorian author who honored nature and the native culture of India with his “new” way of cultivating the art of storytelling. He was an English imperialist who even made the Hindus smile.
The Victorian Era was a creative time for humankind and taught us how to open our minds and expand our horizons. The nineteenth century included great thinkers, transcendentalists, mystics, saints, writers, artists, psychologists, philosophers and educators. Women began to assert their rights and even threw off their corsets and rode bicycles wearing bloomers! The Victorians gave children their childhood wonder back by stopping child labor and beginning compulsory education. Children’s stories began to be written. Fairy tales, folk tales and adventure stories became part of our culture.