The Newsletter 65 Autumn 2013

Rabindrasangit: uncovering a 'Bengali secret'

Rituparna Roy

On 14 November 1913, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for Gitanjali – a selection of his Bengali lyrics in English prose, translated by the poet himself, with an ecstatic introduction by W.B. Yeats. Rabindranath was the first Asian to win the prize, and was honoured that year by bypassing one of the English greats: novelist and poet Thomas Hardy.

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