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Contributions to the Study of World Literature #121: The Life and Works of Ruskin Bondby Meena Khorana
Synopses & Reviews
Ruskin Bond is known internationally as one of India's most prolific writers in English for children, young adults, and adults. This literary biography analyzes the impact of personal, social, geographical, political, and literary influences on Bond's worldview, aesthetic principles, and writings. Connecting the development of Bond's writing career over the past 50 years to the evolution of the publishing industry in India, Khorana details the author's pioneering work in the field of children's and young adult literature, and his contribution to diasporic and postcolonial/post-independence literatures. She concludes that it is Bond's versatile, original, and elegant writing in a variety of genres that continue to endear him to readers around the world.
Book News Annotation:
Because Bond is an autobiographical writer, says Khorana (English, Morgan State U.), her critical analysis of his work takes the form of a literary biography. She begins by placing his writing in India towards the end of British rule, the subsequent postcolonial diaspora of the British, and his move to Britain to pursue his goal of becoming an author. She encountered his work while producing a bibliography of books for children and young adults that portrayed India. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. -158) and index.
Examines the life and works of Ruskin Bond, one of India's most prolific writers in English for all age groups.
Table of Contents
Children of the British Raj
At "Home" in England? A Postcolonial Dilemma
Back in Dehra: "The People and Places I Have Known"
The Transitional Years: 1959-1963
"The Great Escape to the Mountains"
A Long Summer Afternoon: The Charmed World of Childhood
The Duality of Nature; Poems and Stories for Children
The Mountains Are Kind to Writers
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