Munshi Premchand: The Emperor of Novel Writing
Munshi Premchand: The Emperor of Novel Writing
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Author(s):Dr. Surendra Kumar Gupta
Publication Year:2018
Publisher:Weser Books
Seller:Weser Books

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This book attempts to study how Premchand, author of novels and short stories in Hindi and Urdu pioneered in adapting Indian themes to Western literary styles. Premchand (1880-1936) wrote about things that have always existed but had hitherto been considered beyond the pale of literature – exploitation and submission, greed and corruption, the straightjacket of poverty and an unyielding caste system. Son of a post office clerk, he was named Dhanpat Rai (literally meaning the ‘master of wealth’), yet he waged a lifelong battle against unremitting genteel poverty. Reading and writing, always the stock in trade of a good kayastha boy, coupled with acute social consciousness and an unerring eye for detail turned him – with a literary career spanning three decades which included 14 novels, 300 short stories, several translations from English classics, innumerable essays and editorial pieces – into a qalam ka sipahi, a ‘soldier with the pen’.