A History of Indian Literature in English

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Columbia University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 406 pages
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For anyone interested in the story of English in India, or in the finest English storytellers of India, this book, an illustrated history of two hundred years of Indian literature in English, should be a useful companion. It discusses the canonical poets, novelists and dramatists as well as many of the lesser known literary figures - scientists, spiritualists and learned men and women - who have made major contributions to the evolution of Indian literature in English. The book comprises 24 chapters, each by a well-known writer or critic. Each chapter is devoted to either a single author (Kipling, Tagore, Sri Aurobindo, R.K. Narayan, Rushdie) or to a group of authors (the Dutt family 19th-century Calcutta; the Indian diasporic writers of the twentieth century) or to a genre (beginnings of the Indian novel; poetry since Independence). This is a book for the non-specialist general reader. Biographical information on every major Indian literary figure is provided and the work of each author, genre or 'school' is historically contextualised. The essays can be read selectively - for example, to follow the development of a genre - or read in the order in which they appear, which is chronological. The information is supplemented by 150 rare photographs and sketches of writers, collected specially for this volume 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, Mulkraj Anand and Aubrey Menen, Khushwant Singh and Ved Mehta, Verrier Elwin and Salim Ali, Jim Corbet 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, drama and translation, this volume covers everything of literary significance in In -- Publisher.

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Its a great contribution to the knowledge of literature and a great inspiring work to all those who want to pursue research in Indian English literature.the editor has certainly taken painstaking efforts to collect all the material to avail the aspirants in their studies. i have just gone through some of the pages but like to read the entire book to have a broad understanding of the great Indian authors with an aim to study the background it has provided for the emergence of the youth icon and a brilliant emerging novelist Chetan Bhagat with his brilliant narrative style , romance and realism 


The English Writings of Raja Rammohan Ray
Henry Derozio and Michael Madhusudan Dim
And Toru Dutt
Rudyard Kipling
Behramji Malabari and Govardhanram Tripathi
The Beginnings of the Indian Novel
The English Writings of Rabindranath Tagore
Sri Aurobindo
R K Narayan
Nirad C Chaudhuri
On V S Naipaul on India
Writing by the Indian Diaspora
Looking for A K Ramanujan
Salman Rushdie
The Dramatists
Jim Corbett Kenneth Anderson Salim Ali

Cornelia Sorabji
The Uses of English
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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra is a well-known poet, critic, and translator. He teaches English at the University of Allahabad. His books include The Transfiguring Places and The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry from the Gathasaptasati and he has edited the Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets.

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