Rabindranath Tagore: The Myriad-Minded Man

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9780312140304: Rabindranath Tagore: The Myriad-Minded Man

Drawing on previously unpublished material, a new biography of the Nobel laureate poet Tagore, the first in thirty years, captures the brilliant essence of his spiritual and political message, a message that is again attracting worldwide attention.

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Krishna Dutta is an author and translator specializing in the cultural history of Bengal.  Her book, Calcutta: A Cultural and Literary History, was published to critical acclaim and she is currently writing about the history of the first book of Indian cookery to be published in Britain.  Andrew Robinson is the author of more than fifteen books, including The Art of Rabindranath Tagore and two books published by I.B.Tauris: Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye and Satyajit Ray: A Vision of Cinema (with Nemai Ghosh). He has written biographies of Albert Einstein, Michael Ventris and Thomas Young. He is the former literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement,  is now a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and a fulltime writer.

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*One has waited a very long time for a biography of Tagore that did justice to a far more complex and curious mind and life than simply respectful and circumspect accounts allowed. Here it is: thorough, fair, balanced, intelligent, and addressing every aspect of a truly astonishing artist, his life and times.* -- Anita Desai

*This seems to exemplify a sort of biography little dared anymore; an enquiry into the spirit and mind of a man whom the authors trust and admire and do not presume to overinterpret.*   --Independent on Sunday

*Enjoyable, astute and highly readable.* --Amit Chaudhuri, Spectator

*Judicious, sympathetic and exceedingly well documented.* --The Times

*A painstaking, informative, well-written biography.* --Daily Telegraph

*Excellent... admirably straightforward, readable, lively, informative.* --Financial Times

*Dutta and Robinson’s lively narrative steers clear of facile categories...so revealing the subtle nuances of East and West in the poet’s sensibility.* --Guardian

*The entire book was a revelation to me... it brings out very clearly that Tagore was intellectually more perceptive than Gandhi.* --Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Nobel Laureate

*A fascinating book about a fascinating man, a work that addresses the profound conflict between eastern spirituality and western rationality.* --Ilya Prigogine, Nobel Laureate

*An excellent book... as an elegantly argued and subtly shaded portrait it will be difficult to supersede.* --Literary Review

‘This book offers a very detailed and perceptive portrayal of a man and his times and, since it is co-written by an Englishman and an Indian, it provides an understanding and appreciation from both perspectives.’  - John Green, MORNING STAR, 9 March 2009

 

‘An ambitious and altogether brilliant biography... exceptionally fair-minded.’ -- Sunday (Calcutta)

 

‘Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson have established themselves as the pre-eminent Tagore scholars.’ -- K. Natwar Singh, Asian Age

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