Selected Short Stories

Selected Short Stories

by Rabindranath Tagore, William Radice

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Overview

Poet, novelist, painter and musician, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) is the grand master of Bengali culture. Written during the 1890s, the stories in this selection brilliantly recreate vivid images of Bengali life and landscapes in their depiction of peasantry and gentry, casteism, corrupt officialdom and dehumanizing poverty. Yet Tagore is first and foremost India's supreme Romantic poet, and in these stories he can be seen reaching beyond mere documentary realism towards his own profoundly original vision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780141962207
Publisher: Penguin UK
Publication date: 09/01/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 881,308
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Nobel laureate for literature (1913), was one of modern India's greatest poets and writers
Born in 1861, Rabindranath Tagore was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He started writing at an early age and by the turn of the century had become a household name in Bengal as a poet, a songwriter, a playwright, an essayist, a short story writer and a novelist. In 1913 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and his verse collection Gitanjali came to be known internationally. At about the same time he founded Visva-Bharati, a university located in Santiniketan, near Kolkata. Called the 'Great Sentinel' of modern India by Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore steered clear of active politics but is famous for returning his knighthood as a gesture of protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. Tagore was a pioneering literary figure, renowned for his ceaseless innovations in poetry, prose, drama, music and painting, which he took up late in life. His works include novels; plays; essays on religious, social and literary topics; some sixty collections of verse; over a hundred short stories; and more than 2500 songs, including the national anthems of India and Bangladesh. Rabindranath Tagore died in 1941. His eminence as India's greatest modern poet remains unchallenged to this day.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(31)
The Ghat's Story
31(9)
Ramkanai's Folly
40(5)
The Exercise-Book
45(6)
Inheritance
51(8)
A Single Night
59(6)
A Fanciful Story
65(9)
The Living and the Dead
74(12)
The Golden Deer
86(11)
Kabuliwala
97(7)
Subha
104(6)
Punishment
110(11)
Trespass
121(5)
Grandfather
126(9)
Hungry Stone
135(12)
The Visitor
147(15)
The Royal Mark
162(11)
Folly
173(4)
The Wedding Garland
177(11)
The Haldar Family
188(17)
The Wife's Letter
205(14)
Woman Unknown
219(12)
House Number One
231(13)
The Unapproved Story
244(11)
Balai
255(6)
The Laboratory
261(38)
Appendix: The Story of a Mussalmani 299(5)
Notes 304

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