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John Alexander Chapman: Selections from the Works of a Lover of India

P. Thankappan Nair (Author)
Synopsis John Alexander Chapman was not only a poet, literary critic, and translator, but also the longest-served (1911-1930) Librarian of the Imperial Library. Though his poems are numerous, he could not get recognition as an eminent English poet on account of his penchant for Sakta and other esoteric Indian themes, unintelligible to the ordinary readers. His critical studies of Shakespeare, Wordsworth and other poets made him acceptable to the English readers. The work of Chapman at the Imperial Library laid the foundation of the National Library of India, for he not only started collecting books on Indian languages, but also paid social attention to conservation, cataloguing and other works. He succeeded in shifting the Imperial Library from Metcalfe Hall to Esplanade East for saving the books from Howrah smoke and Calcutta coal gass. A representative selection of his poetry and literary criticism is presented in this John Alexander Chapman : Selections from the Works of a Lover of India.
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About the author

P. Thankappan Nair

P. Thankappan Nair (b. 1933), hailed as the "bare-foot historian", and talkin', walkin', livin’ encyclopaedia of Kolkata has produced no less than 39 volumes, out of which 31 are on the City of his choice. He has received exposure on the electronic and other media, at home and abroad, besides felicitation addresses and mementoes from several institutions of Calcutta, including the University of Burdwan, which conferred on him a D. Litt. After working for about a decade, he is again concentrating on Kolkata, taking up heritage history of the City in hand.

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Title John Alexander Chapman: Selections from the Works of a Lover of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher R.N. Bhattacharya
Language: English
isbn 8187661461
length xvi+447p.