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Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature (In 2 Volumes)

Ravi Narayan Pandey (Author)
Synopsis Oral literature in the vernacular languages of India is of great antiquity, but it was not until about the 16 century that an extensive written literature appeared. Chief factors in this development were the intellectual and literary predominance of Sanskrit until then (except in S. India, where a vast literature in Tamil was produced from ancient times) and the emergence of Hindu pietistic movements that sought to reach the people in their spoken languages. Among the Muslims classical Persian poetry was the fountainhead of a later growth in the Urdu literature produced for the Mughal court, and elaborate Urdu verse on set themes was produced in abundance. In the early 19 century, with the establishment of vernacular schools and the importation of printing presses, a great impetus was given to popular prose, with Bengali writers perhaps taking the lead. Foreign, particularly English, literature was eagerly studied and to some extent assimilated to classical Indian modes and themes. This book is a scholarly account of literature of all Indian languages.
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About the author

Ravi Narayan Pandey

Mediaman Ravi Narayan Pandey has done his Post-graduation from Patna University (Bihar). After working several years in Print Media, he is now editor of a reputed Television Production Company. Authored several books on different subjects, his articles have been published in leading National Deailies and Periodicals.

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Title Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.09.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8126131187
length xvi+600p.