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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hard Press (November 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140691861X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406918618
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,024,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mei on June 23, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is in the public domain, so even if Amazon does not offer this book in your area, you can still get it for free from several websites. I recommend this book to anyone who's interested in Indian literature or culture.

Kalidasa was a classical Sanskrit writer, he is thought to have lived in the 4th and/or 5th century AD. He has written 2 plays, 2 epic poems and some lyrical poetry. This edition is a translation by Professor of Sanskrit Arthur W. Ryder (1877-1938) of some of the work by Kalidasi and was first published in 1912, the printed book has 218 pages.

The contents of this book is:
INTRODUCTION: KALIDASA--HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS
SHAKUNTALA
THE STORY OF SHAKUNTALA
THE TWO MINOR DRAMAS--
I. Malavika and Agnimitra
II. Urvashi
THE DYNASTY OF RAGHU
THE BIRTH OF THE WAR-GOD
THE CLOUD-MESSENGER
THE SEASONS

As samples I copy a few lines from the Prologue of 'Shakuntala' and a few lines from 'The Dynasty of Raghu' below:

From Shankuntala (drama):
The stage-director_. Enough of this! (_Turning toward the
dressing-room_.) Madam, if you are ready, pray come here. (_Enter an
actress_.)

_Actress_. Here I am, sir. What am I to do?

_Director_. Our audience is very discriminating, and we are to offer
them a new play, called _Shakuntala and the ring of recognition_,
written by the famous Kalidasa. Every member of the cast must be on
his mettle.

_Actress_. Your arrangements are perfect. Nothing will go wrong.

_Director_ (_smiling_). To tell the truth, madam,

Until the wise are satisfied,
I cannot feel that skill is shown;
The best-trained mind requires support,
And does not trust itself alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. G. Hoole on February 28, 2011
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This was a beautiful translation and the discussions were very helpful. This book was one of many that we will be reading to try to discover more about India, both geographically, culturally and with this book artistically. Really enjoyed it.
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By omar sanchez on February 21, 2015
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Free and beautiful poetry
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