The Book of Indian Essays: Two Hundred Years of English Prose


Editor: Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

9789389253634 | HB | pp. 446 | 2020 | Black Kite

In The Book of Indian Essays: Two Hundred Years of English Prose, readers will encounter worlds that are familiar and alien.

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Essays by renowned Indian writers, including Amitav Ghosh, Ramachandra Guha and Sunil Khilnani are part of this new anthology titled, “The Book of Indian Essays”.

The book claims to be versatile in the kind of essays it features — the “reflective essay, luminous memoir, the essay disguised as a story, the memorable prefatory article, the newspaper column that transcends its humdrum origins, the gossip piece that oozes literariness, the forgotten flower in the long-dead magazine, the satirical putdown”.

The contributors in the anthology that begins with the work of noted Indian poet Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, are some of India’s finest writers like Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, acclaimed writer Santha Rama Rau, beloved children’s writer Ruskin Bond, among others.

The collection has been edited by poet and literary critic Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, and is published by Black Kite, an imprint of Permanent Black.

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About the Author

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (born 1947) is a noted Indian poet, anthologist, literary critic and translator. Mehrotra is widely recognized for extending the Indian English language poetry tradition, established by figures such as A.K. Ramanujan, Nissim Ezekiel, Dom Moraes and Arun Kolatkar. Mehrotra’s poetry contained in collections such as Middle Earth, Nine enclosures and The transfiguring places are considered significant contributions to Indian English poetry, and are noted for their innovative exploration of modern concerns and ways of representation. Mehrotra’s work has been wide ranging, including both traditional forms and unconventional techniques. Mehrotra’s occasional literary experimentation, emphasizing a variety of perspectives, has made his work a part of modern Indian English poetry.


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