Author: Velcheru Narayana Rao
Editor(s): Velcheru Narayana Rao & David Shulman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195670183
The classical tradition in Telugu is one of the richest, most original, and least explored of al South Asian literatures. This anthology-the first of its kind - and now available in a paperback edition -opens a window to a thousand years of poetry in Telugu.
Each of the major poets is represented in this anthology by a substantial selection. The poetry is often starling in its freshness, individuality and depth. The anthology ranges from the epic narrative poetry of Nannaya and Tikkana to The anthology ranges from the epic narrative poetry of Nannaya and Tikkana to the personal lyrics of Annamayya and Dhurjati. In the introductory essay, the authors provide readers with an understanding of the evolving structure and innovations of this tradition from its beginnings in the eleventh century up to the twentieth century.
Compiled by two well-known scholars, this anthology will help bring the world of Telugu poetry to a wider audience of aficionados, connoisseurs, and scholars. A companion volume, Twentieth Century Telugu Poetry : An Anthology by Velcheru Narayana Rao, Covers the modern period.
Nothing of a comparable nature exists with respect to any other Indian language.
The translations, are meticulously done and are supported by erudite introductions and illuminating footnotes. Most of these poets transcend time and place with the power of their utterance and enunciation.
-The Book Review
Very accessible-both linguistically and theoretically-to a regular reader with a passion for good literature and cultural history.
EDITED AND TRANSLATED
VELCHERU NARAYANA RAO is Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
DAVID SHULMAN is Professor of Indian Studies and Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Samukhamu Venkatakrsnappa Nayaka