These 24 chapters are written by some of India's foremost scholars and critics, and each chapter is devoted to a single author, such as Raja Rammohan Ray, Rudyard Kipling, Rabindranath Tagore, R.K. Narayan, V.S. Naipaul, and Salman Rushdie.
From Ram Mohan Ray to Arundhati Roy, two hundred years of Indian literature in English are covered in this volume, essential for anyone interested in this increasingly important literary tradition. Spanning a period from 1800 to the present, this collection of historical essays covers the canonical Indian poets, novelists, and dramatists writing in English-names like Rudyard Kipling, Rabrindanath Tagore, R.K. Narayan, and Salman Rushdie-as well as lesser-known literary figures-scientists, social reformers, anthropologists-who have made significant contributions to the evolution of Indian literature in English. The essays in this volume are arranged chronologically and are devoted to a single author, a group of authors, or to a genre. The book includes 150 rare and interesting photographs and sketches of writers and their contexts.