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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris; Reprint edition (30 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845118049
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845118044
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One has waited a very long time for a biography of Tagore that did justice to a far more complex and curious mind and life than simply respectful and circumspect accounts allowed. Here it is: thorough, fair, balanced, intelligent, and addressing every aspect of a truly astonishing artist, his life and times.' --Anita Desai

'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

'a superb biography' --The New Yorker

About the Author

Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson have published extensively on Rabindranath Tagore, including Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthology and a translation of Tagore's play The Post Office. Krishna Dutta is an author and translator specialising in the cultural history of Bengal. Her book, Calcutta: A Cultural and Literary History, was published to critical acclaim and she is currently writing about the history of the first book of Indian cookery to be published in Britain. Andrew Robinson is the author of more than fifteen books, including The Art of Rabindranath Tagore and two books published by I.B. Tauris: Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye and Satyajit Ray: A Vision of Cinema (with Nemai Ghosh). He has written three other biographies, of Albert Einstein, Michael Ventris and Thomas Young. Formerly literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, he is now a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge and a fulltime writer.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
East/West: Gandhi/Tagore 3 Jan. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
Worth seeking out, warranting reprinting, this is a dense, substantial, but readible biography, less concerned with literary criticism than with the psychological dynamics and political realities of Tagore's creative life. Ultimately, it is about East and West, which is to say, about Tagore the globalist who sought integration of east and west, as contrasted with Gandhi, the nationalist. Tagore believed that the human condition was first of all cultural, Gandhi regarded it as first of all political. This is a comprehensive but penetrating study not only of Tagore, but of modern India.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Very Captivating ... 9 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One day I was visiting my friend, and he gave me
this book to read. I always knew Tagore from
my childhood, but this relevation was too
captivating... I still wish I have the book
wherever I see myriad flowers .... A must for
a Tagore Fan.
This book is an excellent biography of an extraordinary individual 6 Dec. 2014
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent biography of an extraordinary individual. I am learning more about the phenomenal country of India and Rabinsranath is critical to my education.
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Got Thakur? 18 Aug. 2013
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Most comprehensive biographical material on Tagore that I've come across. What i assume are Robinson's as distinct from Dutta's cross references to life & work of S. Ray also resonate as I have thrived upon his biography THE INNER EYE. A few maps and a glossary of the most used Bengali terms would enhance a new edition of this important work which does seem to retain appropriate awe of its main subject without childish idolatry. Also, the perspectives illuminating historical aspects of the intellectual fashions & politics of Big Themes (The East, the East Meets West, The West) --- these provide a clarity on the overarching cultural contexts without trivializing this major albeit currently all but forgotten figure. The essays of the Tagore-Gandi dialectic are thought-provoking, even alongside or after a close reading of the T-G documented exchanges.
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