Maligned Maverick: Michael Madhusudan Datta: Life, Letters and Literature (Hardcover)

Maligned Maverick: Michael Madhusudan Datta: Life, Letters and Literature By Nandan Dasgupta Cover Image
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The playwright and poet, Michael Madhusudan Datta is easily one of the most important and controversial literary figures of nineteenth-century South Asia-characterized by radical socio cultural transformation. Despite countless discussions by commentators and biographers he remains an enigma among the literary giants who straddled nineteenth-century Bengal. By demystifying Datta's conversion to Christianity and by debunking myths of disinheritance, the alleged 'desertion' of his wife, misogyny, womanizing, alcoholism, and British sycophancy, Maligned Maverick re-examines the life and work of the pioneer of modern Bangla literature. This book delves into unexplored areas of his writings and quotes profusely from poems, plays, letters and articles, including Michael's journalistic writings and his best-known controversial English prose piece The Anglo-Saxon and the Hindu, providing new insights into the mind of the maverick genius.



Product Details
ISBN: 9789358524437
ISBN-10: 935852443X
Publisher: Primus Books
Publication Date: March 18th, 2024
Pages: 400
Language: English