The Oxford India Ghalib - Life, Letters and Ghazals

The Oxford India Ghalib - Life, Letters and Ghazals

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Author: Ralph Russell
Editor(s): Ralph Russell
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 572
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195660374


Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib (1797-1869), noble, poet, and wit of nineteenth century Delhi, is the most famous and popular of the Urdu poets that the Indian subcontinent has produced. His life spans the years of the twilight of the Mughals, the Revolt of 1857 and the terrible aftermath. This complete Ghalib anthology comprises poetry and prose translated from both Persian and Urdu, biographical details and provides a context within which modern day, English-speaking readers can read and understand his poetry.

Introduced and selected by Ralph Russell, an eminent Urdu scholar, this collection presents a representative selection of Ghalib's writings set against a portrait of the man and the times in which he lived. Ralph Russell's Ghalib: A Self-Portrait' gives a picture of his personality as it emerges from the passages from his Persian and Urdu letters and prose, including his diary, and other materials, which are arranged to tell the story of his life. Percival Spear describes the Delhi of Ghalib's day .

New translations from Ghalib's Urdu and Persian ghazals for a significant part of the volume and are being published for the first time. A note on translating Ghalib, a survey of his Urdu and Persian poetry, and a detailed explanatory index provided to guide readers complete the volume. The first ever compendium of Ghalib's oeuvre, this work is a collector's item for aficionados of Urdu literature and especially of its poetry.


Ghalib was regarded as one of the greatest Urdu and Persian poets. I can think of no translator better able than Ralph Russell to turn such a writer into English. The book shows Ghalib as a remarkable personality, with more of a sense of humor than most poets have been gifted with.
- V G Kiernan, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of Edinburgh

Ralph Russell published several books on Urdu literature. The most widely circulating Urdu journal in the word Jung gave him the title Baba-e-Urdu - The Grand Old Man of Urdu.
-Khushwant Singh

It should particularly delight those who know little of Urdu literature.
- C M Naim, Professor Emeritus, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Poetry is the greatest literary expression of Urdu. The poetic genre both most highly prized and most popular is that of the ghazal, or love poem. Ralph Russell's name is synonymous with love of the language and the scholarly study of its literature.
- Francis Robinson, Professor and Vice Principal, Royal Holloway, University of London.



Ghalib: A Self-Portrait

Ghalib: Life and Letters
Ghalib's Delhi

Getting to Know Ghalib
Selections from Ghalib's Verse: Introductory Note
Ghalib's Urdu Vers