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RABINDRANATH TAGORE was born in 1861. His family house at Jorasanko
was a hive of cultural and intellectual activity and Tagore started writing
at an early age. He was involved in the Swadeshi campaign against the
British in the early 1900s. In 1913 he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Tagore was knighted in 1915, an honour he repudiated in 1919 after the
Jallianwala Bagh massacre. In the 1920s and 1930s he lectured extensively
in America, Europe, the Far East and Middle East. Proceeds from these
went to Visva-Bharati, his school and university at Santiniketan. A prolific
writer, Tagore's works include poems, novels, plays, short stories, essays
and songs. Late in his life he took up painting. He died in 1941.

A unique autobiography that provides an incomparable insight into the mind of a genius The Renaissance man of modern India, Rabindranath Tagore put his country on the literary map of the world when he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. My Life in My Words is, quite literally, Tagore on Tagore. Uma Das Gupta draws upon the vast repertoire of Tagore‰۪s writings to create a vivid portrait of the life and times of one of India‰۪s most influential cultural icons. The result is a rare glimpse into the world of Tagore: his family of pioneering entrepreneurs who shaped his worldview; the personal tragedies that influenced some of his most eloquent verse; his groundbreaking work in education and social reform; his constant endeavour to bring about a synthesis of the East and the West and his humanitarian approach to politics; and his rise to the status of an international poet. Meticulously researched and sensitively edited, this unique autobiography provides an incomparable insight into the mind of a genius.

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Title: My Life In My Words
Author: Rabindranath TagoreUma Das Gupta
SKU: BK0033241
EAN: 9780143415350
Language: English
Binding: Paperback

About Author

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.

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