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Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore

Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore

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  • Date Published: June 1997
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 2008
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521590181

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  • Interest in the life and work of Nobel prize-winning writer Rabindranath Tagore is now enjoying a revival after many years of neglect outside India. He wrote thousands of letters in both Bengali and English. Most of the significant Bengali letters have been published in the half-century since his death, but not translated, while few noteworthy English letters are in print. This book, which consists of about 350 letters spanning Tagore's entire life, a quarter of them in English translation, is the first to make his letters available to English readers. They have been especially selected to show as many facets of his experience, interests and ideas as possible. Students of history, politics and literature will find them an invaluable tool, not only for an understanding of the complexity of Tagore's personality, but also of the times in which he lived.

    • Many previously unpublished letters included, and also some never available before in English, make fascinating reading
    • Publication of the book in 1997, the 50th anniversary of India's independence, is good timing, given Tagore's international reputation
    • Editors are well known for their extensive work on the subject
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The Selected Letters are a triumphant and exemplary work of scholarship, expertly annotated and beautifully designed.' Patrick French, Daily Telegraph

    'An indispensable trove for anyone interested in modern India's intellectual and cultural history, beautifully produced and packed with helpful editorial matter.' Sumil Khilnani, The Independent on Sunday

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521590181
    • length: 593 pages
    • dimensions: 256 x 182 x 38 mm
    • weight: 1.414kg
    • contains: 20 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print October 2008
  • Table of Contents

    Nobel prize (1913–1914)
    88-110 The crest of the wave (1914–1916)
    111-136 The ebbing of faith (1917–1918)
    137-149 Anti-imperialist (1919–1920)
    150-179 The founding of a university
    180-194 Anti-noncooperator (1922–1923)
    195-215 Travels east and west (1924–1926)
    216-231 Nationalism and internationalism (1927–1930)
    232-248 Farewell to the West (1930)
    249–271 Against the Raj (1931–1933)
    272-301 International nationalist (1934–1936)
    302-331 The Great Sentinel (1937–1939)
    332-346 The crisis in civilisation (1939–1941)
    Appendix 1. Tagore and Einstein
    Appendix 2. The Bihar earthquake
    Appendix 3. Gandhi the man.

  • Author

    Rabindranath Tagore


    Krishna Dutta

    Andrew Robinson

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