Issue Date: 02/10/2001
Issue Name: Centenary of Nobel Prizes - A Tribute to Rudyard Kipling
Producer: Buckingham Covers
We worked with the National Trust to produce this cover as a tribute to Rudyard Kipling, the first British winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kipling's appeal was so widespread that he became one of the most popular Victorian writers and to this day most children know the 'The Jungle Book' and 'Just So Stories'.
This cover features Bateman's - the place that Kipling and his wife chose as their home, deep in the Sussex countryside, and the house still looks just as he described it. This is an unusual variation of our Bateman's cover with a full set of Nobel Prize stamps and is a limited edition of just 100. Of the 100 covers produced, just 34 were hand-signed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He has also written "God bless you" on each one.
Bateman's - Home of Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling was the first British winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. He wrote prolifically and his early work captured the era of the British Empire. He understood, as so few people did in his time, the equality of peoples. When he became a mason, he wrote 'I was entered by a Hindu, passed by a Mohammedan and raised by an Englishman. Our Tyler was a Jew'.He was the most famous writer in the English speaking world and his work bridged all classes and races. Because his apeal was so widespread, he was one of the most popular Victorian writers and was offered a knighthood which he refused. To this day most children know his stories of the Jungle Book and the Just So Stories.
Kipling was 36 years old when he and his wife returned to England. They wanted somewhere to settle and after a considerable search, they found Bateman's, deep in the Sussex countryside.
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Desmond Mpilo Tutu OMSG CH GCStJ is a South African Anglican cleric and theologian known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist.