Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Writings for Children
Author: Rabindranath Tagore
Edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri
9780195686791 | PB | pp. 280 | 2006 | Oxford University Press
The is a collection of selected writings for children by the famed Bengali writer Rabindranath Tagore.
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This book offers readers a rich insight into one of the most attractive yet least explored aspects of Rabindranath’s life and imagination as a writer for children, he appears comical, whimsical, tender and serious. Among the variety of verses to be found here are delicate pieces originally written for an innovative Bengali textbook. Delightful nonsense poetry and presentations of a child’s desires and fantasies appear alongside short plays and sketches, short stories and chatty tales.
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About the Contributors
The author was the youngest son of Debendranath Tagore, a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, which was a new religious sect in nineteenth-century Bengal and which attempted a revival of the ultimate monistic basis of Hinduism as laid down in the Upanishads. He was educated at home; and although at seventeen he was sent to England for formal schooling, he did not finish his studies there. In his mature years, in addition to his many-sided literary activities, he managed the family estates, a project which brought him into close touch with common humanity and increased his interest in social reforms.
The editor is an Indian literary scholar, now Professor Emeritus at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He was educated at Presidency College, Kolkata and the University of Oxford. He taught at Presidency College from January 1973 to December 1991 and at Jadavpur University thereafter till his retirement in June 2010.
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