|Shahid Suhrawardy (1890-1965) was a man for all seasons: poet, translator, art critic, theatrical producer, academic, public servant, diplomat, man about town and bon vivant. This volume brings together for the first time his entire poetic output — two collections of his own poetry and one of his collaborative translations from Chinese. Beginning as a poet in the Edwardian manner, he quickly metamorphosed into a modem poet. He is the first modem poet of the South Asian subcontinent, and indeed one of the first generation of them in the English language. His career spanned three continents and many countries and led him to witness some of the most dramatic — and traumatic — events of the twentieth century: the Russian Revolution, the fall of Paris to the Nazis, the Partition of the subcontinent among others. Kaiser Haq’s introduction provides the first ever comprehensive biographical and critical account of Suhrawardy’s checkered career and varied achievements.
Long neglected by scholars and critics, Suhrawardy is now being revalued, and this volume ought to help substantially in bringing him due recognition as a poet.
Snapshot of the Table of Contents:
Shahid Suhrawardy: A Biographical and Critical Introduction
Essays in Verse
New Poems/Early Poems/ An Old Man's Song
Poems of Lee Hou-Chu
Foreword by Shahid Suhrawardy/ Part 1/ Part 2