A Concise History of Indian Literature in English


Authors: Various
Edited by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

9788178244846 | PB | pp. 518 | 2017 | Permanent Black, Ashoka University

A Concise History of Indian Literature in English covers around 200 years of Indian Literature in English from Raja Rammohan Ray to Arundhati Roy.

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For anyone interested in the story of English in India, or in the finest English storytellers of India, this is the essential book.

A history of two hundred years of Indian literature in English, it starts by looking at the introduction of English into India’s complex language scenario around 1800. It then takes up the canonical poets, novelists, and dramatists, as well as unjustly forgotten figures who made significant contributions to Indian literature in English.

This new, expanded edition of a book established as the standard work on its subject, comprises twenty-nine chapters, each by an expert, and focused on either a single author (Kipling, Tagore, R.K. Narayan, D.D. Kosambi), or a group of authors (the Dutt family of Calcutta; diasporic writers; nature writers; ‘pulp’ novelists), or a genre (literary fiction; poetry since Independence).

This book is written for general readers. Biographical information is provided and each author is contextualized.

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Editor: Arvind Krishna Mehrotra





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About the Author

The author is a well-known poet, critic, and translator. His books include (as editor) An Illustrated History of Indian Literature in English (2003); The Transfiguring Places (1998); and The Absent Traveller: Prakrit Love Poetry from the Gathasaptasati (1991). He has edited The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (1992).


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