From Library Journal
Though Tagore won the Nobel prize in literature in 1913, he and his work have been largely forgotten. Any publication of his work for an English-speaking audience is welcomed, yet this anthology falls far short of what it could have accomplished. It contains his famous play, The Post Office; selections from a novel; and memoirs, short stories, letters, and essays?a broad spectrum that appears to offer an ample sampling of his work but does not. For instance, his famous poem "Gitanjali" is represented by only four stanzas, and though Tagore was a prolific songwriter, the words of only one song are included. The editors (Rabindranath Tagore, LJ 2/1/96) have also limited the scope of chosen works to Tagore's philosophy of spirituality and religious beliefs. To obtain a passing acquaintance with Tagore, this minor anthology suffices; a more comprehensive work is still needed to do justice to the works of this great writer.?Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
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"The entire breadth of [Tagore's] richly hued oeuvre is showcased in all its emotional resonance and artistic greatness. Reading Tagore is not only illuminating but deeply moving." --Donna Seaman
"In common with thousands of his countrymen I owe much to one who by his poetic genius and singular purity of life has raised India in the estimation of the world." --Mahatma Gandhi
"The entire Indian civilization spoke through poetic wisdom of Rabindranath Tagore." --Deepak Chopra
"[Tagore's] lyrics...display in their thought a world I have dreamed of all my life long." --W.B. Yeats
"Tagore, who was a great master of words, seems to me have spoken about language, and its connection with social and political life, with accurate insight, and what he said has great interest for us today." --Isaiah Berlin