The Wisdom of the Hindus : Philosophies and Wisdom from their ancient and modern literature edited, and with a Introduction by Brian Brown ; With a foreword by Jagadish Chandra Chatterji
New York : Garden City Publishing, 1938. Book club edition. Hardcover. 293 pp ; 21 cm. This copy is in very good condition with the original dust jacket, however, it is a bit faded. Owner name on front free endpaper. Other a very good copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.
THE LITERATURE OF INDIA
has won the admiration of scholars of other lands from time immemorial; but although thousands of thinking Americans have wished to share in the findings of the great minds of the East and to enjoy the lyrical beauty of their writings, the difficulties and expense of procuring English versions have frequently proved insurmountable. By preparing THE WISDOM OF THE HINDUS, Mr. Brian Brown has done a real service. He has not only selected the finest and most significant of India's prose and poetry, but he has written a long introduction of absorbing interest. He has given the Western world an unusual anthology which is at once a joy to read and a key to the understanding of the Oriental mind.
India's two great Epics, the Maha-Bharata and the Ramayana, are not only comparable in outline but also in historical and literary value to the Iliad and the Odyssey of ancient Greece: the former depicts the political life of ancient India with all its valor and heroism, ambition and lofty chivalry; the latter embodies the domestic and religious life of this age-old civilization with all its tenderness and sweetness, its endurance and devotion. In THE WISDOM OF THE HINDUS, you will find not only selections from both these great works, but also from the inspired writings of many more of India's great leaders —the literary triumphs of philosophers and scholars—pillars of wisdom on which are based the faith of millions.
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