GITANJALI AND FRUIT-GATHERING
By Rabindranath Tagore
London: MacMillan and Co., Limited
With Illustrations by Nandalal Bose, Surendranath kar, Abanindranath Tagore and Nobindranath Tagore
7.75 x 5.25 in
Clothbound covered with plastic cover
The book comes along with a tipped in page with two lines of poem in Tagore's hand along with his original signature and illustrated by Nandalal Bose ( Printed)
Macmillan first published Tagore's "Gitanjali" 1913 and his "Fruit Gathering" in 1916. The first combined edition was published by Macmillan in 1918, and neither book in English translation corresponds to any of Tagore's works in Bengali. "Gitanjali" was first published in Bengali in 1910, then containing 157 Poems. As first published in English (1912), the work contained 103 Poems, 50 of which were taken from the Bengali edition and 53 of which were gathered from Tagore's other works. "Fruit-Gathering" is in its entirety as gathering of various Tagore poems from other works.
Rabindranath Tagore won the 1913 Nobel Prize in Literature "because of his profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse, by which, with consummate skill, he has made his poetic thought, expressed in his own English words, a part of the literature of the West".
In presenting the Prize to Tagore, Harald Hjarne, Chairman of the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy, stated: "In awarding the Nobel Prize in Literature to the Anglo-Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore, the Academy has found itself in the happy position of being able to accord this recognition to an author who, in conformity with the express wording of Alfred Nobel's last will and testament, had during the current year, written the finest poems of an idealistic tendency...Tagore's Gitanjali: Song Offerings (1912), a collection of religious poems, was the one of his works that especially arrested the attention of the selecting critics."
A Very Good copy of a quite scarce book
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