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William Radice was born in 1951 and went to Westminster School. He read English at Magdalen College, Oxford, winning the Newdigate Prize for poetry in 1970. He went on to do a Diploma in Bengali at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. After working as a psychiatric nurse and a schoolmaster, he returned to Oxford in 1979, researching on the Bengali epic poet Michael Madhusudan Datta for the degree of D.Phil. (1987). In 1991 Penguin published his translation of Tagore’s Selected Short Stories (revised 1994). His other publications include four books of poems, Eight Sections (1974), Strivings (1980), Louring Skies (1985) and The Retreat (1994); a book of children’s stories translated from Bengali, The Stupid Tiger and Other Tales (1981); The Translator’s Art – Essays in Honour of Betty Radice (Penguin, 1987), which he co-edited with Barbara Reynolds; and Teach Yourself Bengali (1994). He has been given literary awards in West Bengal and Bangladesh, and is now Lecturer in Bengali at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
"Born in 1861, Rabindranath Tagore was a key figure of the Bengal Renaissance. He started writing at an early age and by the turn of the century had become a household name in Bengal as a poet, a songwriter, a playwright, an essayist, a short story writer and a novelist. In 1913 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and his verse collection Gitanjali came to be known internationally. At about the same time he founded Visva-Bharati, a university located in Santiniketan, near Kolkata. Called the ‘Great Sentinel’ of modern India by Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore steered clear of active politics but is famous for returning his knighthood as a gesture of protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. Tagore was a pioneering literary figure, renowned for his ceaseless innovations in poetry, prose, drama, music and painting, which he took up late in life. His works include novels; plays; essays on religious, social and literary topics; some sixty collections of verse; over a hundred short stories; and more than 2500 songs, including the national anthems of India and Bangladesh. Rabindranath Tagore died in 1941. His eminence as India’s greatest modern poet remains unchallenged to this day."
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