Mulk Raj Anand

Author: Mulk Raj Anand

Profile: Mulk Raj Anand is one of the first authors to introduce Anglo-Indian fiction in literature. He was born on December 12, 1905 in Peshawar, Pakistan and died on September 28, 2004 in Jehangir Hospital in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Being one of the first English writers in India his first published novel in the year 1935, Untouchable has attained readership all across the globe. He is one author in India whose every novel is recommended highly. Mulk Raj Anand has been one of the first India-based writers in English along with Raja Rao and Ahmad Ali to attain readership all across the world.

Writing style: Poorer castes have been presented most remarkably in his books. His short stories and novels are not only admired but have attained the status of being classic modern English literature works in India and internationally. His perceptive insight into the lives of the poor and oppressed people and analysis of their misfortune, exploitation and impoverishment has made his works most noteworthy. By incorporating Hindustani and Punjabi idioms into English, Mulk Raj Anand has become the first most noteworthy Indian writer.

Published Texts:

Untouchable

The Private Life of an Indian Prince

Coolie

The Village

Awards and Acknowledgements:

1953 – International Peace Prize

1968 - Padma Bhushan

1971 - Sahitya Akademi Award for English Writers

Novels

1935 – Untouchable

1936 – Coolie

1937 – Two Leaves and a Bud

1939 – The Village

1939 – Across the Black Waters

1942 – The Sword and the Sickle

1945 – The Big Heart

1934 – The Lost Child

1951 – Seven Summers: A Memoir

1953 – The Private Life of an Indian Prince

1960 – The Old Woman and the Cow

1961 – The Road

Other Notable Works

1933 – The Golden Breath: Studies in five poets of the new India

1956 – Introduction to Indian Art

1958 – Kama Kala

Homage to Khajuraaho (co-authored with Stella Kramrisch)

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