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The Poetry of British India, 1780–1905
Editor: Máire ní Fhlathúin, University of Nottingham
2 Volume Set: c.800pp: May 2011 978 1 85196 985 2: 234x156mm: £195/$350
This two-volume reset edition draws together a selection of Anglo-Indian poetry from the Romantic era and the nineteenth century. The poets engage with India in different ways: some deal with the experience of migration, others respond to the Indian landscape, whilst the wider project of British rule in India also provides an important theme. The lament, the sonnet and the comic verse are all favoured forms. This extensive body of literature is not well known, and can be accessed only in rare books and periodicals of the nineteenth century. This edition will restore a group of marginalized voices to the poetical canon. Extensive new editorial matter, Image taken from Tom Raw the Griffin; a burlesque poem, in twelve cantos including a substantial general Originally published/produced in London, 1828 introduction, volume introductions, • Offers a broad range of poetic works, including headnotes, endnotes, textual variants, many which have not been published since their chronologies and an index of titles and first lines original publication will make this edition a vital resource for scholars researching Romantic and Nineteenth-Century • Attributes works to previously unidentified Literature and Poetry. authors • Presents an overview of the tradition of British poetry as it developed in India during the Romantic and Victorian periods • All texts are reset, with full scholarly apparatus and indices of first lines and titles
‘Tom Raw in Danger’ [detail]
R E E D S IT ET IO N
Volume 1: 1780–1835
William Jones, ‘A Hymn to Camdeo’ (1784); Elizabeth Ryves, from The Hastiniad; an Heroic Poem (1785); Ralph Broome, from The Letters of Simkin the Second, Poetic Recorder of All the Proceedings, Upon the Trial of Warren Hastings (1791); ‘Timothy Touchstone’, from Tea and Sugar, or, the Nabob and the Creole (1792); Anna Maria Jones, from The Poems of Anna Maria (1793); John Horsford, from A Collection of Poems written in the East Indies (1797); Warren Hastings, occasional verses (1797); Amelia Opie, Hindoo Airs (1800); Anon, from Calcutta: A Poem (1811); ‘W’, from India: A Poem in Four Cantos (1812); Anon, from The Cadet, a Poem (1814); ‘Quiz’, from The Grand Master; or, Adventures of Qui Hi in Hindostan: A Hudibrastic Poem in Eight Cantos (1816); Henry Barkley Henderson, from The Goorkha, and Other Poems (1817); Henry Barkley Henderson, from Satires in India (1819); John Leyden, from The Poetical Remains of the Late Dr John Leyden: With a Memoir of His Life (1819); Anon, ‘Letter from Sir Anthony Fudge, to his Friend, Sir Gabriel...’, Calcutta Journal (1820); Thomas Medwin, from Oswald and Edwin: An Oriental Sketch (1820); Thomas Medwin, from Sketches in Hindoostan (1821); Maria Nugent, occasional verses from Calcutta Journal (1821, 1822); [T D Morris], from ‘The Griffin’, Bombay Gazette (1821); Anon, from Life and Adventures of Shigram-Po (1821); Anon, from Life and Adventures of James Lovewell (1829); George Anderson Vetch, from Poems: Containing Sultry Hours, and Songs of the Exile (1821); ‘A Jolly Old Writer’, from ‘Rinaldo’, Calcutta Journal (1822); John Lawson, from Orient Harping (1822); John Lawson, from The Maniac (1826); James Atkinson, from The City of Palaces (1824); Horace Gwynne, from Abdalla, an Oriental Poem: With Other Pieces (1824); Henry Meredith Parker, from The Draught of Immortality, and Other Poems (1827); Henry Meredith Parker, from Bole Ponjis (1851); Reginald Heber, occasional verses (1828); Mrs G G Richardson, from Poems (1828); Charles D’Oyly, from Tom Raw, the Griffin: A Burlesque Poem in Twelve Cantos (1828); Colonel Young, ‘The Mosquito’s Song’, Bengal Annual (1830); David Lester Richardson, from periodicals (1830s); David Lester Richardson, from Literary Leaves (1836); David Lester Richardson, from Literary Chit-Chat (1848); Emma Roberts, from Oriental Scenes (1830, 1832); Augustus Prinsep, from ‘The Dakoit’, Bengal Annual (1831); Anon, from ‘Frederick and Flora’, Calcutta Magazine (1831); Robert Calder Campbell, from Lays from the East (1831); Robert Calder Campbell, from The Palmer’s Last Lesson (1838); Anon (‘a Young Civilian of Bengal’), from India. A Poem, in Three Cantos (1834); W F Thompson, occasional verses from Bengal Annual (1834–1836)
Volume 2: 1836–1905
Anon, from ‘Griffe Epistles’, Oriental Observer (1837); James Hutchinson, from The Sunyassee, an Eastern Tale (1838); Samuel Sloper, from The Dacoit, and Other Poems (1840); James Abbott, from The T’hakoorine: a Tale of Maandoo (1841); Mary Ann Hartley, from The Chaturanga; or Game of Chess (1841); James Henry Burke, from Days in the East: A Poem (1842); W R Bingham, from The Field of Ferozeshah, in Two Cantos, with Other Poems (1848); Ralph Thomas Hotchkin Griffith, from Specimens of Old Indian Poetry (1852); Ralph Thomas Hotchkin Griffith, from Scenes from the Ramayana (1868); John Dunbar, from Poems (1853); ‘Koi Hai’, from Poems (1853); Mary Carshore, from Songs of the East (1855); Henry George Keene, from Ex Eremo: Poems Chiefly Written in India (1855); Henry George Keene, from Peepul Leaves: Poems Written in India (1879); Mary J Jourdan, from Mind’s Mirror: Poetical Sketches (1856); Mary Eliza Leslie, from Sorrows, Aspirations, and Legends from India (1858); ‘D M’, from Scenes from the Late Indian Mutinies (1858); Anon, from Ex Oriente: Sonnets on the Indian Rebellion (1858); ‘L I T’, from East and West (1859); Charles Arthur Kelly, from Delhi and Other Poems (1864); G O Trevelyan, from The Competition Wallah (1864); Thomas Benson Laurence, from Augusta, a Tale of the Mutiny of 1857, in Three Cantos, and Other Poems (1866); ‘Pips’ (W H Abbot), from Lyrics and Lays (1867); William Waterfield, from Indian Ballads, and Other Poems (1868); Robert Caldwell, from The Chutney Lyrics: A Collection of Comic Pieces in Verse on Indian Subjects (1871); George Augustine Stack, from The Songs of Ind (1872); ‘Chili Chutnee’, from Social Scraps and Satires (1878); W T Webb, from Indian Lyrics (1884); Edwin Arnold, from The Secret of Death (1885); Edwin Arnold, from Lotus and Jewel (1887); Thomas Frank Bignold, from Leviora: Being the Rhymes of a Successful Competitor (1888); A C Lyall, from Verses Written in India (1889); ‘Aliph Cheem’ (Walter Yeldham), from Lays of Ind (1893); G H Trevor, from Rhymes of Rajputana (1894); ‘Ram Bux’, from Boojum Ballads (1895); Alec McMillan, from Divers Ditties, Chiefly Written in India (1895); John Renton Denning, from Soldierin’: a Few Military Ballads (1899); ‘S’, from C P Pieces, and Other Verse (1899); ‘Laurence Hope’ (Adela Nicolson), from The Garden of Kama, and other Love Lyrics from India (1901); ‘Laurence Hope’ (Adela Nicolson), from Stars of the Desert (1903); ‘Laurence Hope’ (Adela Nicolson), from Indian Love (1905); Alice MacDonald Kipling and Alice ‘Trix’ Kipling, from Hand in Hand (1902) *contents may alter prior to publication
The Poetry of British India, 1780–1905
Henry Meredith Parker Pindarry War Song1
Mount and away! – Hark! the Nuqura’s2 loud call Bids the serf quit his labour, the chieftain his hall; Bright looks and sweet voices awhile must give way To the flash of the spear, and the war-courser’s neigh. The Kaffers3 shall tremble, to view from afar Our conquest-crown’d banner, like Buehram’s4 red star; And fly to the sea, whence they treacherously came, To rob us of glory, to clothe us in shame. Would they track our bold march – let them look when on high, Our watch-fire’s reflections hang red in the sky; An Iris of hope to the free and the brave, A meteor of fire to the coward and slave. The Paishwa5 has flung forth his banner of might; His gold-belted chieftains are girt for the fight; And his people are arming, and mounting with glee, To win back the empire of great Sevajee.6
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An earlier version of this poem, six stanzas long, appeared under the title ‘Indian War Song’ in the Oriental Herald and Colonial Review vol 2, no 5 (May 1824), signed ‘C.J.’ An introductory note presented it as having been ‘discovered in the cummerbund or sash of a Pindarrie chieftain, who had fallen during a night skirmish between the freebooters and a detachment of our cavalry in India, during the last campaign’. Successive encounters between Pindari raiders (irregular mounted forces drawn from across the Indian subcontinent) and British armies ended in the Pindaries’ defeat by a large army commanded by Lord Hastings in 1817. This conflict widened into the third AngloMaratha war (1817-1818), which resulted in defeat for the Maratha Confederacy and the consolidation of British power in central India. The state-drum [HMP]. Naqqaras (kettle-drums) were used by Maratha armies. Infidels, from Arabic ‘kafir’ (OED). Parker’s note to the 1824 version glosses this word as ‘a term of reproach mutually applied by Christians, Mohammedans, and idolaters, to the enemies of their respective creeds’. Mars [HMP] – the planet named for the Roman god of war. Baji Rao II (1775-1852) of Poona, Peshwa (first minister) to the Raja of Satara and nominal head of the Maratha Confederacy, was deposed by the British in 1818. Shivaji Bhonsle (1627-1680) laid the foundations of the Maratha Confederacy.
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Britain in India, 1765–1905
Editors: John Marriott and Bhaskar Mukhopadhyay This ambitious six-volume set of scarce primary source materials seeks to explore the nature of the relationship between Britain and India at the height of imperial expansion. This cross-disciplinary collection of fully-edited texts will find a ready interest among academic communities exploring British and Indian history. It will appeal to literary, cultural and urban historians working in this area, and also to those with interests in religious and travel writing. Those working in the field of postcolonial studies will find much of value. ‘Students and scholars will be indebted to [the editors] for facilitating easy access to a very rich set of primary source materials.’ Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
6 Volume Set: 2736pp: 2006 978 1 85196 815 2: 234x156mm: £495/$875 www.pickeringchatto.com/britaininindia
Henry Rider Haggard and Rudyard Kipling by their Contemporaries
Series Editor: Ralph Pite Volume Editors: Keith Carabine, Tom Hubbard and Lindy Stiebel
Lives of Victorian Literary Figures, Part VII: Joseph Conrad,
This edition focuses on three hugely popular late-Victorian novelists. Joseph Conrad (1875–1924), Henry Rider Haggard (1856–1925) and Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) engaged with different aspects of the rapidly-expanding British Empire. Carefully selected extracts from biographies, memoirs, diaries, private letters and other ephemera reveal how these iconic writers were viewed by their contemporaries. The edition contains a general introduction, volume introductions, headnotes, endnotes and a consolidated index.
Lives of Victorian Literary Figures 3 Volume Set: 1376pp: 2009 978 1 85196 963 0: 234x156mm: £295/$495 www.pickeringchatto.com/lives
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