• Title
    Mary Lago - Amiya Chakravarty letters
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  • Date
    1961 March-1977 March
  • Creator
    Chakravarty, Amiya (1901-1986) literary scholarMore Info on Creator
    Lago, Mary McClelland (1919-2001) literary scholarMore Info on Creator
  • Scope and Content
    Letters, mostly written by Professor Amiya Chakravarty, who held various posts in religion at American universities, to Mrs (afterwards Dr) Mary Lago of the University of Missouri-Columbia. Some of the earlier letters are concerned with Lago's PhD thesis (completed in 1969) on the influence of English literature teaching in Indian universities on Bengali writers during the 1890s, or with English translations, by Lago and fellow student Tarun Gupta, of Rabindranath Tagore's plays, poems and short stories (including some published as 'The Housewarming' in 1965). Other letters refer to a scheme (never realised) for a book of translations of the work of the poet Jivanananda Das and Lago's edition of the correspondence of Sir William Rothenstein and Rabindranath Tagore (published as 'Imperfect Encounter' in 1972). The letters also contain many references to contemporary Indian affairs.
  • Conditions of access
    Open for research although at least 24 hours notice should be given. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. See Archivist for details. At least 24 hours notice is necessary for research visits.
  • Extent
    1 box (254 items)
  • Language
    Bengali, English
  • System of Arrangement
    Chronological, with items for which no date could be established placed at the end of the sequence. Newspaper cuttings and offprints are filed with the letters that they originally accompanied.
  • Finding aids
    Catalogued online (click on the "contains" icon below). A pdf version of this catalogue is attached to this description. 'Letters of A Chakravary and M Lago on Tagore and Bengali Literature: a handlist compiled by H M Young' (1978) is also available in the Library's archives Reading Room.
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  • Related
    For further material relating to Rabindranath Tagore in archival collections held at Senate House Library, see the Rabindranath Tagore papers (ref: MS782) and the Thomas Sturge Moore papers (ref: MS978). The Library of the University of Missouri-Columbia holds an archive of Mary Lago's papers.
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