Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was born in Lahore in 1947. He has published six collections of poetry in English and two of translation — a volume of Prakrit love poems, The Absent Traveller, recently reissued in Penguin Classics, and Songs of Kabir (NYRB Classics). His Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (1992) has been very influential. He has edited several books, including History of Indian Literature in English (Columbia University Press, 2003) and Collected Poems in English by Arun Kolatkar (Bloodaxe Books, 2010). His essays Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History was published by Permanent Black in 2012. A second book of essays Translating the Indian Past (Permanent Black) is forthcoming in 2019.
Mehrotra was nominated for the Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2009. He came second behind Ruth Padel, who later resigned over allegations of a smear campaign against Trinidadian poet Derek Walcott (who had himself earlier withdrawn from the election process).
- Mehrotra, A. K. (1984). Middle earth. Three crowns books. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (1976). Nine enclosures. Bombay: Clearing House.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (1982). Distance in statute miles. Bombay: Clearing House.
- Mehrotra, A K. (1998). The transfiguring places: poems. Delhi: Ravi Dayal Publisher.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (2014). Collected Poems 1969-2014. Delhi: Penguin India.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (2016). Collected Poems. Artarmon NSW: Giramondo.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (2003). History of Indian literature in English. New York: Columbia University Press.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (1992). The Oxford India anthology of twelve modern Indian poets. Delhi: Oxford University Press. excerpts
- Translated into German as Mehrotra, A. K. (2006). Indische Dichter der Gegenwart eine Anthologie englischsprachiger Lyrik Indiens. Heidelberg: Verl. Das Wunderhorn.
- Weissbort, D., & Mehrotra, A. K. (1993). Periplus: poetry in translation. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (2007). The last bungalow: writings on Allahabad. New Delhi: Penguin Books.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (1991). The Absent Traveller: Prākrit love poetry from the Gāthāsaptaśatī of Sātavāhana Hāla. Delhi: Ravi Dayal Publisher.
- Mehrotra, A. K. (2011). Songs of Kabir. New York: NYRB Classics.
Editor of Literary MagazinesEdit
- damn you/a magazine of the arts. Allahabad, India: 1964-1968.
- Ezra. Bombay, India: Ezra-Fakir Press, 1966-1969.
- Fakir. Bombay, India: Ezra-Fakir Press, 1966.
- Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
- Biography at Poetry International Web Archived January 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- "Arvind Mehrotra loses Oxford's Professor of Poetry election - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
- Soofi, Mayank Austen (2014-11-29). "Arvind Krishna Mehrotra: Allahabad's prodigal poet". Livemint. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
- Marvel, Ishan (January 13, 2016). ""Academia In India Is Not Something About Which You Can Have Any Illusions": An Interview With Arvind Krishna Mehrotra". The Caravan.
- Poetry Centre, Smith College 
- Poems and Bio at Poetry International Web
- Interview with Bharat Iyer 
- Poetry Archive 
- Guide to the Arvind Krishna Mehrotra Papers 1960-2014 [http://rmc.library.cornell.edu/EAD/htmldocs/RMM08511.html
Among the published works giving an analysis of his poetry are:
- Lakshmi Raghunandan. (1990). Contemporary Indian poetry in English: with special emphasis on Nissim Ezekiel, Kamala Das, R. Parthasarathy, and A.K. Ramanujan : other poets assessed are Arun Kolatkar, Shiv K. Kumar, Keki N. Daruwalla, Jayanta Mahapatra, and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. New Delhi: Reliance Pub. House.
Bruce King, (1987, revised edition 2001) Modern Indian Poetry in English. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
He is interviewed in the following works:
- De Souza, E. (1999). Talking poems: conversations with poets. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
- August Kleinzahler (May 27, 2011). "Rebirth of a Poet". The New York Times.