Rabindranath Tagore: A Biographical Essay

Rabindranath Tagore, Mohammad Quayum (Editor)

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Rabindranath Tagore, Asia’s first Nobel Laureate – once described by W.B. Yeats to Ezra Pound as “someone greater than any of us” (Hoganand Pandit 213), and whose poetic piety was compared by Pound himself to “the poetic piety of Dante” (Dutta and Robinson, Selected Letters 102) – was born on 7 May 1861, in a rich, culturally prominent, Brahmin family, in Calcutta, India. His grandfather, “Prince”
Dwarkanath Tagore (1794-1846), was a personal friend of Queen Victoria. Tagore’s father, Maharshi (a great saint) Debendranath Tagore(1817-1905), was a leader of the Brahmo Samaj, a reformist religious movement that sought to revive the monistic basis of Hinduism as laid down in the Upanishads
. This movement was founded in the nineteenth century, by an enlightened and influential Bengali, who is often deemed the pioneer of the Bengal/Indian Renaissance, and was dubbed by Tagore himself as Bharat Pathik (Pathfinder of India), Raja Ram Mohan Roy (1773-1833).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ruined Nest and Other Stories
EditorsMohammad A. Quayum
Place of PublicationKuala Lumpur
PublisherSilverfish Books Sdn. Bhd.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9789833221486
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • short stories
  • English translation
  • Bengali literature
  • Transnational Literature
  • Nobel Laureate


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