Rudyard Kipling Dies
On 18th January 1936 Rudyard Kipling died suddenly. He had just turned 70 but his writing had already passed out of fashion. He was the poet of the high, confident period of the British Empire and his day as an author had passed. Seven months before his first cousin and near contemporary Stanley Baldwin had become Prime Minister for the third and final time. Few expected him to remain in office very long. Politically and culturally an era was coming to an end.