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An Illustrated History of Indian Literature in English

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (Editor)
Synopsis This book is an illustrated history of two hundred years of Indian literature in English. It starts by looking at the introduction of English into India’s complex language scenario around 1800. It then takes up the canonical poets, novelists, and dramatists, as well as a few unjustly forgotten figures, who have made significant contributions to the evolution of Indian literature in English. The book comprises twenty-four chapters, written by some of India’s foremost scholars and critics. Each chapter is devoted either to a single author (Kipling, Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, R.K. Narayan), or to a group of authors (the Dutt family of nineteenth-century Calcutta; the India diasporic writers of the twentieth century), or to a genre (beginnings of the Indian novel; poetry since independence). Though the contributors are all experts in their chosen areas, this is a book for the non-specialist general reader. Biographical information on major literary figures is provided, and in most cases their work is historically contextualized. The chapters can be read selectively (for example, to follow the development of a genre) or in the order in which they appear, which is chronological. A unique feature of the book is the illustrations. They range from rare photographs and drawings to comic books and popular prints, and have been collected especially for this volume, making it the first illustrated history of any of the Indian literatures. William Jones and Thomas Macaulay, Henry Derozio and Toru Dutt, Bankim and Tagore, Kipling and Naipaul, G.V. Desani and Raja Rao, R.K. Narayan and Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Sarojini Naidu and Anita Desai, Gandhi and Nehru, Mulk Raj Anand and Aubrey Menen, Khushwant Singh and Ved Mehta, Verrier Elwin and Salim Ali, Jim Corbett and M. Krishnan, Nissim Ezekiel and A.K. Ramanujan, Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth, Amitav Ghosh and I. Allan Sealy, Gieve Patel and Girish Karnad, social reformers and religious thinkers, conservationists and hunters, Presidency College and St. Stephen’s College, drama and translation, this volume covers everything of literary significance that has happened in India.
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About the author

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

Arvind Kerishna Mehrotra is a well-known poet, critic, and translator. His books include The Transfiguring Places (1998) and The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry from the Gathasaptasati (1991). He has edited the Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (1992).

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Title An Illustrated History of Indian Literature in English
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st Ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 8178240319
length xxii+406 p., Illustrations; 23cm