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Selected works in English
Gitanjali (Song Offerings) / with an Introduction by W. B. Yeats. – London, 1913
Glimpses of Bengal Life : Being Short Stories from the Bengali of Rabindranath Tagore / translated by Rajani Ranjan Sen. – Madras ; Chittagong, 1913
The Gardener. – London : Macmillan, 1913
Sâdhanâ : The Realisation of Life. – London : Macmillan, 1913
The Crescent Moon : Child-Poems. – London : Macmillan, 1913
Chitra : a Play in One Act. – London : Macmillan, 1914
The King of the Dark Chamber. – London : Macmillan, 1914
The Post Office : a Play / translated by Devabrata Mukerjea. – London : Macmillan, 1914
Fruit-Gathering. – London : Macmillan, 1916
The Hungry Stones and Other Stories / Translated from the original Bengali by various writers. – London : Macmillan, 1916
Stray Birds. – New York & Toronto : Macmillan, 1916
My Reminiscences / translated by Surendranath Tagore. – New York : Macmillan, 1917
Sacrifice and Other Plays. – London : Macmillan, 1917
The Cycle of Spring / translated by Andrews and Nishikanta Sen. – London : Macmillan, 1917
Nationalism. – London : Macmillan, 1917
Personality : Lectures Delivered in America. – London : Macmillan, 1917
Lover's Gift and Crossing. – London : Macmillan, 1918
Mashi and Other Stories / Translated from the original Bengali by various writers. – London : Macmillan, 1918
The Parrot's Training. – Calcutta : Simla, Thacker, Spink, 1918
The Home and the World / translated by Surendranath Tagore, translation revised by Rabindranath Tagore. – London : Macmillan, 1919
The Fugitive. – London : Macmillan, 1921
The Wreck. – London : Macmillan, 1921
Creative Unity. – London : Macmillan, 1922
The Curse at Farewell / translated by Edward Thompson. – London : Harrap, 1924
Gora. – London : Macmillan, 1924
Talks in China : Lectures Delivered in April and May, 1924. – Calcutta : Visva-Bharati Book-Shop, 1925
Red Oleanders : A Drama in One Act. – London : Macmillan, 1925
Broken Ties and Other Stories. – London : Macmillan, 1925
Fireflies. – New York : Macmillan, 1928
The Religion of Man : Being the Hibbert Lectures for 1930. – London : Allen & Unwin, 1931
The Child. – London : Allen & Unwin, 1931
The Golden Boat / translated by Bhabani Bhattacharya. – London : Allen & Unwin, 1932
Mahatmaji & the Depressed Humanity. – Calcutta : Visva-Bharati Bookshop, 1932
Crisis in Civilization : a Message on Completing His Eighty Years / translated by Kshitis Roy and Krishna R. Kripalani. – Santiniketan : Santiniketan Press, 1941
Four Chapters / Translated from the Bengali Novel Char Adhyaya (1934) by Surendranath Tagore. – Calcutta : Visva-Bharati, 1950
Letters from Russia / edited by Sasadhar Sinha. – Calcutta : Visua-Bharati, 1960
Binodini : a Novel / translated by Krishna Kripalani. – New Delhi : Sahitya Akademi, 1959
Wings of Death : the Last Poems of Rabindranath Tagore / translated by Aurobindo Bose. – London : Murray, 1960
The Parrot's Training / translated by Debjani Chatterjee. – London : Tagore Centre U.K., 1993
Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore / edited by Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson, with a foreword by Amartya Sen. – Cambridge University Press, 1997
Song Offerings (Gitanjali) / Translated and Introduced by Joe Winter. – London : Anvil, 2000
Translations by the author, where not otherwise stated
Critical studies (a selection)
Rothenstein, William, Six Portraits of Rabindranath Tagore. – London, 1915
Roy, Basanta Koomar, Rabindranath Tagore : The Man and His Poetry. – New York, 1915
Radhakrishnan, Sarvapalli, The Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore. – London : Macmillan, 1918
The Golden Book of Tagore : A Homage to Rabindranath Tagore, From India and the World, in Celebration of His Seventieth Birthday / edited by Ramananda Chatterjee. – Calcutta : The Golde Book Committee, 1931
Thompson, Edward John, Rabindranath Tagore : Poet and Dramatist. – London : Oxford University Press, 1948
Ghose, Sisirkumar, The Later Poems of Tagore. – London, 1961
Sinha, Sasadhar, Social thinking of Rabindranath Tagore. – London, 1962
Verma, Rajendra, Rabindranath Tagore : Prophet Against Totalitarianism. – London, 1964
Essays on Rabindranath Tagore : In Honour of D.M. Gupta / edited by T.R. Sharma. – Ghaziabad : Vimal Prakashan, 1987
Dyson, Ketaki Kushari, In Your Blossoming Flower-Garden : Rabindranath Tagore and Victoria Ocampo. – New Delhi : Sahitya Akademi, 1988
Dutta, Krishna, Rabindranath Tagore : The Myriad-Minded Man. – London : Bloomsbury, 1995


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Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali Rabīndranāth Ṭhākur, (born May 7, 1861, Calcutta [now Kolkata], India—died August 7, 1941, Calcutta), Bengali poet, short-story writer, song composer, playwright, essayist, and painter who introduced new prose and verse forms and the use of colloquial language into Bengali literature, thereby freeing it from traditional models based on classical Sanskrit. He was highly influential in introducing Indian culture to the West and vice versa, and he is generally regarded as the outstanding creative artist of early 20th-century India. In 1913 he became the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The son of the religious reformer Debendranath Tagore, he early began to write verses, and, after incomplete studies in England in the late 1870s, he returned to India. There he published several books of poetry in the 1880s and completed Manasi (1890), a collection that marks the maturing of his genius. It contains some of his best-known poems, including many in verse forms new to Bengali, as well as some social and political satire that was critical of his fellow Bengalis.

In 1891 Tagore went to East Bengal (now in Bangladesh) to manage his family’s estates at Shilaidah and Shazadpur for 10 years. There he often stayed in a houseboat on the Padma River (the main channel of the Ganges River), in close contact with village folk, and his sympathy for them became the keynote of much of his later writing. Most of his finest short stories, which examine “humble lives and their small miseries,” date from the 1890s and have a poignancy, laced with gentle irony, that is unique to him (though admirably captured by the director Satyajit Ray in later film adaptations). Tagore came to love the Bengali countryside, most of all the Padma River, an often-repeated image in his verse. During these years he published several poetry collections, notably Sonar Tari (1894; The Golden Boat), and plays, notably Chitrangada (1892; Chitra). Tagore’s poems are virtually untranslatable, as are his more than 2,000 songs, which achieved considerable popularity among all classes of Bengali society.

In 1901 Tagore founded an experimental school in rural West Bengal at Shantiniketan (“Abode of Peace”), where he sought to blend the best in the Indian and Western traditions. He settled permanently at the school, which became Visva-Bharati University in 1921. Years of sadness arising from the deaths of his wife and two children between 1902 and 1907 are reflected in his later poetry, which was introduced to the West in Gitanjali (Song Offerings) (1912). This book, containing Tagore’s English prose translations of religious poems from several of his Bengali verse collections, including Gitanjali (1910), was hailed by W.B. Yeats and André Gide and won him the Nobel Prize in 1913. Tagore was awarded a knighthood in 1915, but he repudiated it in 1919 as a protest against the Amritsar (Jallianwalla Bagh) Massacre.

From 1912 Tagore spent long periods out of India, lecturing and reading from his work in Europe, the Americas, and East Asia and becoming an eloquent spokesperson for the cause of Indian independence. Tagore’s novels in Bengali are less well known than his poems and short stories; they include Gora (1910) and Ghare-Baire (1916), translated into English as Gora and The Home and the World, respectively. In the late 1920s, when he was in his 60s, Tagore took up painting and produced works that won him a place among India’s foremost contemporary artists.