Rabindranath Tagore - The Myriad-minded man

Rabindranath Tagore - The Myriad-minded man

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Author: Krishna Dutta
Andrew Robinson/
Publisher: Rupa
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 493
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0747530866


An excellent book . . Thorough, fair, balanced, intelligent, and addressing every aspect of a truly astonishing artist, his life and times.

This beautifully illustrated biography, the product of ten years' research by a Bengali and an English writer is the first to disentangle profound contradictions relating to Tagore. The book focuses on the man, not his art. It highlights those of Tagore's works that have universal appeal and that illuminate his complexity and his 'myriad-mindedness.


As an elegantly argued and subtly shaded portrait, it will be difficult to supersede. - - Literary Review

Excellent . . Admirably straightforward, readable, lively, informative. - - Financial Times

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

This seems to exemplify a sort of biography little dared any more, an enquiry into the spirit and mind of a man whom the authors trust and admire and do not presume to over interpret. - - Independent on Sunday

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

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 in Physics.

An ambitious and altogether brilliant biography.. Exceptionally fair-minded. - - Sunday


Krishna Dutta was born in Calcutta and studied Rabindranath Tagore from her childhood. She has lived for many years in London, where she writes on Indian culture in English and in Bengali.

Andrew Robinson has worked in publishing, television and journalism, and has been a frequent visitor to Bengal. Among his dozen or so books are Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye and The Art of Rabindranath Tagore. He is currently literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement.


List of Illustrations
Note on the spelling and pronunciation of Bengali


The Tagores and 'Prince' Dwarkanath
Maharshi Debendranath
The House of the Tagores
A Journey to the Himalayas
Renaissance in Bengal
Marriage and Bereavement
Peripatetic Litterateur
Manashi, The Lady of the Mind
The Shelidah Years
Family Life
Small Beginnings in Shantiniketan
The Swadeshi Movement
The Voice of Bengal
England and the USA
The Nobel Prize
Never at Rest
Japan and the USA
The Founding of a University
China and Japan
Arguing with Gandhi
Italy, Mussolini and After
Nationalism versus Internationalism
Farewell to the West
Against the Raj
The Great Sentinel
Last Travels
Shantiniketan in the Thirties
The Self-destruction of Bengal
War, Tagore and the West
The Myriad-Minded Man

Appendix 1 : Tagore Family Tree
Appendix 2 : Tagore's Travels