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Title: LITTLE CLAY CART [MRCCHAKATIKA], THE: A ...
Publisher: Harvard University.
Book Condition: Good
Book Description Harvard University., Cambridge, MA, 1905. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Harvard Oriental Series Vol. 9 [Lanman]. "Kalidasa, Shudraka, Bhavabhuti -- assuredly, these are the greatest names in the history of the Indian drama. So different are these men, and so great, that it is not p ossible to assert for any one of them such supremacy as Shakspere holds in the English drama. Concerning the life, the date, and the very identity [For an illuminating discussion of these matters, the reader is referred to Sylvain Levi's admirabl e work, Le Theatre Indien, Paris, 1890, pages 196-211] of King Shudraka, the reputed author of The Little Clay Cart, we are curiously ignorant. No other work is ascribed to him, and we have no direct information about him, beyond the somewhat fanci ful statements of the Prologue to this play. Shudraka, alone in the long line of Indian dramatists, has a cosmopolitan character. [His characters] Sansthanaka and Maitreya and Madanika are citizens of the world. In some of the more striking cha racteristics of Sanskrit literature -- in its fondness for system, its elaboration of style, its love of epigram -- Kalidasa and Bhavabhuti are far truer to their native land than is Shudraka. In Shudraka we find few of those splendid phrases in wh ich, as the Chinese say, 'it is only the words which stop, the sense goes on'. Shudraka's style is simple and direct, a rare quality in a Hindu; and although this style, in the passages of higher emotion, is of an exquisite simplicity, yet Shudra ka cannot infuse into mere language the charm which we find in Kalidasa or the majesty which we find in Bhavabhuti. Yet Shudraka's limitations in regard to stylistic power are not without their compensation. For love of style slowly strangled orig inality and enterprise in Indian poets, and ultimately proved the death of Sanskrit literature. Now just at this point, where other Hindu writers are weak, Shudraka stands forth preeminent. Nowhere else in the hundreds of Sanskrit dramas do we fin d such variety, and such drawing of character, as in The Little Clay Cart; and nowhere else, in the drama at least, is there such humor." 176 pp. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 4145