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Toru Dutt

Indian writer

1856   -   1877

country of citizenship: British Raj
language of expression: English, French, Bengali, Sanskrit
educated at: University of Cambridge
occupation: poet, novelist, translator

Toru Dutt (Bengali: তরু দত্ত) (4 March 1856 – 30 August 1877) was a Bengali translator and poet from the Indian subcontinent, who wrote in English and French, in what was then British India. She is seen as one of the founding figures of Anglo-Indian literature, alongside Henry Louis Vivian Derozio (1809–31), Manmohan Ghose (1869–1924), and Sarojini Naidu (1879–1949). Dutt is known for her volumes of poetry in English, A Sheaf Gleaned in French Fields (1876) and Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan (1882), and for her novel in French, Le Journal de Mademoiselle d’Arvers (1879). Her poetry is characterized by sensitive descriptions and lyricism. Her poems revolve around themes of loneliness, longing, patriotism and nostalgia. Dutt died young, at age 21, which has influenced some comparison of her to the poet John Keats.
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Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan

1st edition of the book of poetry by Toru Dutt

author: Toru Dutt, Edmund Gosse


Our Casuarina Tree

poem by Toru Dutt

author: Toru Dutt


Journal of Mademoiselle D'Arvers

novel by Toru Dutt

author: Toru Dutt

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