|Creator:||Tagore, Rabindranath, 1861-1941.|
|Title:||Rabindranath Tagore Collection|
|Quantity:||5 items (SC)|
|Abstract:||Papers of the Bengali author, playwright, poet. 4 items of outgoing correspondence to Miss Andrews, James B. Pond, Henry Woodd Nevinson, and Jinadasa Vijaya-Tunga; and a single holograph poem, "An Unnamed Child," translated from the Bengali of Debendra Sen.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was an Indian writer, philosopher, and social reformer who is remembered for introducing Indian culture to the Western world and bringing elements of the West to India. He became Asia's first Nobel Laureate when he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913.
|1861||Born in Calcutta, Bengal, British India on May 7th|
|1879-1880||Attended University College, London|
|1882||Co-founded Sarasvat Samaj, a literary organization|
|1883||Married Mrinalini Devi Raichaudhuri on December 9th|
|1884||Worked as Secretary of Adi Brahmo Samaj, a religious society|
|1891||Started Sadhana, a literary journal|
|1894||Became Vice-president of Academy of Bengali Letters|
|1901||Founded school at Santiniketan (became Visva-Bharati University in 1918)|
|1905||Founded weaving school at Kushtia|
|Founded agricultural cooperative bank at Patisar|
|1910||Wrote Gora (novel)|
|1913||Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for Gitangali: Song Offerings|
|1916||Wrote Ghare-Baire (novel)|
|1919||Started Santiniketan Patra, a literary journal|
|1922||Brought exhibition of German Expressionist art to Calcutta|
|1930||Exhibited paintings at the Gallery Pigalle in Paris, France|
|1931||Exhibited drawings and paintings in India for the first time|
|1941||Died in Calcutta, West Bengal, India on August 7th|
The Rabindranath Tagore Collection consists of five items, including four outgoing letters and one manuscript poem, all of which were written between 1916 and 1940 by the Bengali playwright and poet.
The correspondence is of both a personal and business nature, and includes an appreciative letter to Henry Woodd Nevinson for his Nation article about Tagore's proposal for a University; a condolence letter to Miss Andrews following the death of C. F. Andrews; and an item to Jinadasa Vijaya-Tunga in which Tagore expresses regret for his inability (due to ill health) to write an article about the Indo-Ceylonese question. Also included is an undated letter to lecture agent James B. Pond in which Tagore anticipates his American lecture tour:
There is one point which I think is worth while referring to now, and that is the question of the hotels I should stay at. I am anxious that wherever I go I should get as much quiet and freedom from interruption as possible, and therefore I should like to stay at hotels which are quiet. As you have your correspondents in all the places I shall be visiting you might keep this point in mind and suggest the names of the hotels at which you would advise me to stay.
Writings consist of a single autographed, dated poem, "The Unnamed Child," translated from the Bengali of Debendra Sen.
The collection contains two series: Correspondence and Writings. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by recipient.
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Rabindranath Tagore Collection
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Created by: KM
Date: Apr 1989
Revision history: 12 Mar 2009 - converted to EAD (LDC)