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An Acre of Green Grass and Other English Writings of Buddhadeva Bose

 
Rosinka Chaudhuri (Editor)
Synopsis

One of the greatest and most versatile writers in the Bengali literary sphere succeeding Tagore, Buddhadeva Bose (1908–1974) was a poet, playwright, novelist, short story writer, literary critic, and essayist of great distinction. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1967 and was felicitated with the Padma Bhushan in 1970. Few realize that Bose was also one of the best writers of English prose in modern Indian writing in English.

This volume brings together, for the first time, a selection of his writings in the English language. Bose’s subjects range from world literature, Bengali writers, and Tagore, to Bengali gastronomy, Picasso, and the films of Charlie Chaplin. These wide-ranging and diverse essays are not only a delight to read, they are also some of the best literary criticisms written by an Indian critic since Independence.

Contents: Starting from Scratch: A Foreword by Amit Chaudhuri. Introduction. I. Books: 1. An Acre of Green Grass: A Review of Modern Bengali Literature. 2. Tagore: Portrait of a Poet. II. Essays: 3. English Literature in India. 4. Comparative Literature in India. 5. Nature in Poetry: Modern Trends. 6. Modernism in Literature. 7. Tagore in Translation. 8. Bengali Gastronomy. 9. The Last Days of Rabindranath: Record of a Visit to Santiniketan. 10. The Genius of Chaplin. 11. ‘In the Mouth of Fame’: Ezra Pound: A Page from Current History. 12. To Remember Is to Live Again. 13. Picasso: Man with a Thousand Eyes. 14. Twins in Suffering: Dostoyevsky and Baudelaire. III. Book Reviews: 15. The Hindu World Exposed-and an Author Too. 16. Boris Pasternak: Book Review.

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About the author

Rosinka Chaudhuri

Rosinka Chaudhuri is a scholar of literary criticism and history from Oxford, who specializes in nineteenth-century Bengal. She is a Fellow at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Her articles have appeared in several journals and anthologies.

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Title An Acre of Green Grass and Other English Writings of Buddhadeva Bose
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.06.2018
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780199483600
length 364p.