The Essential Tagore

by Rabindranath Tagore

Harvard | April 15, 2011 | Hardcover

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The Essential Tagore showcases the genius of India’s Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian Nobel Laureate and possibly the most prolific and diverse serious writer the world has ever known.

Marking the 150th anniversary of Tagore’s birth, this ambitious collection—the largest single volume of his work available in English—attempts to represent his extraordinary achievements in ten genres: poetry, songs, autobiographical works, letters, travel writings, prose, novels, short stories, humorous pieces, and plays. In addition to the newest translations in the modern idiom, it includes a sampling of works originally composed in English, his translations of his own works, three poems omitted from the published version of the English Gitanjali, and examples of his artwork.

Tagore’s writings are notable for their variety and innovation. His Sonar Tari signaled a distinctive turn toward the symbolic in Bengali poetry. “The Lord of Life,” from his collection Chitra, created controversy around his very personal concept of religion. Chokher Bali marked a decisive moment in the history of the Bengali novel because of the way it delved into the minds of men and women. The skits in Vyangakautuk mocked upper-class pretensions. Prose pieces such as “The Problem and the Cure” were lauded by nationalists, who also sang Tagore’s patriotic songs.

Translations for this volume were contributed by Tagore specialists and writers of international stature, including Amitav Ghosh, Amit Chaudhuri, and Sunetra Gupta.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 864 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 0.04 in

Published: April 15, 2011

Publisher: Harvard

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0674057902

ISBN - 13: 9780674057906

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The Essential Tagore

The Essential Tagore

by Rabindranath Tagore

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 864 pages, 9.25 × 6.38 × 0.04 in

Published: April 15, 2011

Publisher: Harvard

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0674057902

ISBN - 13: 9780674057906

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Foreword: Poetry as Polemic / Amit Chaudhuri Introduction 1. Autobiography Autobiographical From Reminiscences From Boyhood Days My School 2. Letters From Torn Leaves From Letter-Fragments To Mrinalini Devi To Jagadish Chandra Bose To Myron H. Phelps To William Rothenstein To Robert Bridges To James Drummonds Anderson To Lord Chelmsford To Charles Freer Andrews To Kanti Chandra Ghosh To Edward John Thompson To Kazi Nazrul Islam To Romain Rolland To Sir William Rothenstein To Mahatma Gandhi To Mahadev Desai To Sufia Kamal To Pulinbehari Sen To Victoria Ocampo To Revd. Foss Westcott 3. Prose From Self-Reliance and Other Essays Statecraft and Ethics The Components of Literature The Significance of Literature The Problem of Self Nationalism in the West The Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech From Thoughts from Rabindranath Tagore My Pictures Hindus and Muslims The Tenant Farmer Crisis in Civilization 4. Poems The Fountain’s Awakening Enough, Enough! Life Undressed Breasts Kissing The Golden Boat The Two Birds I Won’t Let You Go Unfathomable Voyage without End To Civilization My Little Plot of Land A Hundred Years
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The Essential Tagore showcases the genius of India’s Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian Nobel Laureate and possibly the most prolific and diverse serious writer the world has ever known.

Marking the 150th anniversary of Tagore’s birth, this ambitious collection—the largest single volume of his work available in English—attempts to represent his extraordinary achievements in ten genres: poetry, songs, autobiographical works, letters, travel writings, prose, novels, short stories, humorous pieces, and plays. In addition to the newest translations in the modern idiom, it includes a sampling of works originally composed in English, his translations of his own works, three poems omitted from the published version of the English Gitanjali, and examples of his artwork.

Tagore’s writings are notable for their variety and innovation. His Sonar Tari signaled a distinctive turn toward the symbolic in Bengali poetry. “The Lord of Life,” from his collection Chitra, created controversy around his very personal concept of religion. Chokher Bali marked a decisive moment in the history of the Bengali novel because of the way it delved into the minds of men and women. The skits in Vyangakautuk mocked upper-class pretensions. Prose pieces such as “The Problem and the Cure” were lauded by nationalists, who also sang Tagore’s patriotic songs.

Translations for this volume were contributed by Tagore specialists and writers of international stature, including Amitav Ghosh, Amit Chaudhuri, and Sunetra Gupta.

About the Author

Fakrul Alam is Professor of English at the University of Dhaka.

Editorial Reviews

[A] treasure trove...Imagine the task that was before the editors of The Essential Tagore. They have done a wonderful job, it is almost all gold. Here you can find some of the best of Tagore's Chekhovian stories, as well as his stunningly various poems (many revitalised by Fakrul Alam's translations), plus vivid extracts from the great novels, essays, letters, and travel writing.