Rudyard Kipling plagiarised letters written by Indian soldiers for his 1917 book

Now, more than 120 years after he penned his enduring masterpiece, the Nobel laureate is facing a new charge of plagiarism relating to a later book. New research reveals that he not only had access to actual censored letters of Indian sepoys, but he lifted whole paragraphs verbatim from them. One passage, describing a lady of the house where an Indian sepoy had billeted, is virtually identical to a letter written… Rudyard Kipling once confessed, in a letter of 1895, that “it is extremely possible that I have helped myself promiscuously” from other stories when writing The Jungle Book. In his 1918 war text, The Eyes of Asia, Kipling imagined himself as an Indian sepoy writing back home from France.