"Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known." - Henry James
Kipling, Rudyard. A favorite between the ages of 10 and 15, and thereafter. Read complete works between 14 and 15. Nobody takes his utilitarian moralism seriously. A genius.
The Jungle Book. Incomparable prose artistry. The supreme masterpiece of 19th-century literature. - Nabokov