Rabinadranath Tagore's The King of The Dark Chamber; signed by him and with an autographed signed letter
The King of The Dark Chamber.
Item Number: 101701
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915.
First edition, early printing of this drama, translated into English by the author. Octavo, original clot with gilt titles to the spine and front panel. Signed and dated by the author on the half-title page, “Rabindranath Tagore Feb. 27 1927.” Laid in is a typed letter signed by Tagore which reads in part, “Santiniketan, India, April 1, 1926. Dear Sir; I was glad to receive your kind letter asking me to send a few words of greeting to your scholars who will be soon called upon to shoulder the active responsibilities of life. All that I wish to tell your scholars is that my thoughts are with the young and that my heart ever rejoices to see them fight difficulties and make bold experiments. Yours sincerely, Rabindranath Tagore.” The recipient, S.D. Green was a 1904 graduate and colleague of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Harvard University. He later taught at the historic Trenton High School in Trenton, New Jersey and amassed an important library of books signed by American Presidents and important early 20th century novelists. Also laid in is the original transmittal letter which accompanied the book dated March 1st 1927 and signed by Tagore’s fellow Bengali poet and close associate Amija C. Chakravarty to Green. In near fine condition. Rare and desirable; books signed by Tagore are uncommon.
Bengali polymath Rabindranath Tagore reshaped Bengali literature and music with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Commonly referred to as "The Bard of Bengal", Tagore became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. A prolific writer, his novels, stories, songs, dance-dramas, and essays spoke to topics both political and personal. Upon publication of the present volume, the New York Times expounded, "The fact is that the Indian poet has let down his bucket into the same deep wells which have existed since the beginning of time...Now and then one arises who has the power to draw up brimming vessels for the benefit of the multitude and when that happens our best praise is gratitude. And so we are grateful to Rabinadrath Tagore."