In Another Country - Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India
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to are felt particularly acutely for an Indian literature seeking to be born in the English language where the presence of British titans and traditions towered over and intimidated innovation. A century later, Upamanyu Chatterjee began his irreverent, comic novel about an urbane, twenty-four year old, pot-smoking, masturbating Indian civil servant who is posted to a remote provincial town by celebrating just what Mitra had earlier bemoaned: “‘Amazing mix, the English we speak. Hazaar fucked.
Norris. See Pilkington, Jr., “F. Marion Crawford.” 61. Ouida, “Italian Novels,” p. 91. 62. Larzer Ziff, American 1890s, p. 242. 63. Macmillan solicited numerous novelists for the Colonial Library whom the firm did not already publish for the home market, such as Mrs. Humphry Ward, Anthony Hope (whose Prisoner of Zenda came from Arrowsmith and was number 184 in the library in 1894), George du Maurier, Rhoda Broughton (who became a highly popular Colonial Library author and Macmillan’s
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novelists, as indicated in table 3.2). The fact that fully a third of the most popular authors in India come from Macmillan merits a closer scrutiny of its list. If examining Murray’s Colonial and Home Library makes clear that fiction was consumed more avidly than any other form in India, the comparison with Kegan Paul’s Indian and Colonial Library makes clear that Macmillan fiction was consumed more avidly than fiction from any other single British publishing firm. Holdings in the Bombay
the colonial bureaucrat William Wilson Hunter, entitled Annals of Rural Bengal (1868), in which Hunter records two separate incidents, a famine in Bengal in 1768–70 and a related insurgency of semireligious men in 1771–72. “A set of lawless banditti … known under the name of Sanyassis or Faquirs, have long infested these countries; and, under pretence of religious pilgrimage, have been accustomed to traverse the chief part of Bengal, begging, stealing, and plundering wherever they go, and as it