SOAS University of London

South Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics

Dr William Radice

MA DPhil (Oxon)
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William Radice read English at Oxford and studied Bengali under the late Dr Tarapada Mukherjee at SOAS.

He has pursued a double career as a poet and academic, and has authored or edited more than 30 books. Among his research interests in Bengali language and literature, the writings of Michael Madhusudan Dutt and Tagore hold a special place.

His publications on Bengali literature include two volumes of translations for Penguin Classics: Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Poems (1985) and Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Short Stories (1991).

He is also the author of Teach Yourself Bengali (1994). Other books include Particles, Jottings, Sparks: The Collected Brief Poems of Rabindranath Tagore (HarperCollins, Delhi 2000 and Angel Books, London 2001), Myths and Legends of India (The Folio Society, 2001 and Penguin India, 2002) and Poetry and Community: Lectures and Essays 1991-2001 (D. C. Publishers, Delhi).

His complete translation of Michael Madhusudan Dutt's epic poem Meghnadbadh kabya is due to be published by Penguin India in 2010, and he is currently working on a new translation of Tagore’s Gitanjali, also for Penguin India.


Authored Books

Radice, William (2008) Rabindranath Tagore: The Post Office and Card Country. Kolkata: Visva- Bharati.

Radice, William and Saltzwedel, Caroline (2008) The dancing mouse: poems = Die tanzende Maus. Hamburg: Hirundo Press.

Radice, William (2007) Frameworks: Four Metaphysical Poems 2003-6. Italy: Stamperia Valdonega.

Radice, William (2007) Teach Yourself Bengali. London: Hodder & Stoughton.

Radice, William (2005) Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Short Stories. UK: Penguin.

Radice, William (2005) Selected Poems, 1970-81. Kolkata: Writers Workshop.

Radice, William (2005) Green, Red, Gold: A Novel in 101 Sonnets. London: Flambard Press.

Radice, William (2005) Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Poems. UK: Penguin.

Radice, William (2004) Beauty, Be My Brahman: Indian Poems. Kolkata: Writers Workshop.

Radice, William (2004) This Theatre Royal: A Trilogy in Stanzas. Kolkata: Writers Workshop.

Radice, William (2003) Poetry and Community: Lectures and Essays 1991-2001. Kottayam, Kerala: DC Publishers (India).

Radice, William (2003) A Hundred Letters from England. New Delhi: Indialog.

Radice, William (2002) Myths and Legends of India, selected, retold and introduced by William Radice. New Delhi: Penguin.

Radice, William (2002) Gifts: Poems 1992-1999. Newcastle upon Tyne: Grevatt & Grevatt.

Radice, William (2002) Sigfrid Gauch: Traces of My Father. Illinois: Northwestern University Press.

Radice, William (2001) Myths and Legends of India. The Folio Society (London).

Radice, William (2001) Rabindranath Tagore, Particles, Jottings, Sparks. The Collected Brief Poems. London: Angel Books.

Radice, William (2000) The Stupid Tiger and Other Tales. Delhi: HarperCollins.

Radice, William (2000) Particles, Jottings, Sparks: the Collected Brief Poems of Rabindranath Tagore. New Delhi: Harper Collins.

Radice, William (1999) Swami Vivekananda and the Modernisation of Hinduism. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Radice, William (1997) The One and the Many, readings from the work of Rabindranath Tagore. Canada: Bayeux Arts.

Radice, William (1995) Martin Kämpchen: The Honey-seller and Other Stories. Kolkata: Rupa & Co..

Radice, William (1995) Before and After. Kolkata: Writers Workshop.

Radice, William (1995) Rabindranath Tagore: The Post Office. The Tagore Centre.

Radice, William (1994) The retreat : poems, 1984-88. Dhaka: University Press Ltd..

Radice, William (1993) Rozsa Hajnoczy: Fire of Bengal. Dhaka: University Press Ltd..

Radice, William (1992) Sakuntala. Folio Society.

Radice, William (1990) Cāraṭi baktrt̥ā. Dhaka: Bangla Academy.

Radice, William (1985) Louring Skies. London: Anvil Press.

Radice, William (1980) Strivings. London: Anvil Press.

Radice, William (1974) Eight Sections. London: Secker & Warburg.


Radice, William (2005) 'Confession Versus the Exclamation Mark: Why Rabindranath Tagore Did Not Like the Poetry of Michael Madhusudan Dutt'. Temenos Academy Review, (8), pp 167-183.

Radice, William (2005) 'Julia Leslie: a life in South Asian Studies'. South Asia Research, (25) 2, pp 123-127.

Radice, William (2003) 'Tagore's poetic greatness'. Parabaas.

Radice, William (2003) 'The significance of Michael Madhusudan Dutt and his epic'. India International Centre Quarterly, (30) 1, pp 73-88.

Radice, William (2003) 'Gazing at the sun: Bangladeshi poets and Rabindranath Tagore'. Parabaas.

Radice, William (2003) 'New sparks from the anvil - translating Rabindranath Tagore's brief poems'. South Asia Archive & Library Group Newsletter 1.

Radice, William (2000) 'Indeterminacy in Rabindrasangit'. Archiv Orientální Bengali Studies Special Issue, (68) 3, pp 477-494.

Radice, William (2000) 'Atheists, Gurus and Fanatics: Rabindranath Tagore's Chaturanga (1916)'. Modern Asian Studies, (34) 2, pp 407-424.

Edited Books or Journals

Radice, William, (ed.), (2005) Rabindranath Tagore: The Home and the World [Translation of: Ghare-bāire]. London: Penguin.

Radice, William, (ed.), (2002) Rabinranath Tagore, L'esquelet i altres narracions. Barcelona: Editorial Empúries.

Radice, William and Reynolds, Barbara, (eds.), (1987) The Translator's Art: Essays in Honour of Betty Radice. Penguin.

Book Chapters

Radice, William (2002) 'Rabindranath Tagore, Show yourself to my soul, a new translation of Gitanjali'. In: Talarovic, James, (ed.), Show yourself to my soul: a new translation of Gitanjali. Notre Dame, Indiana: Sorin Books, pp 7-8.

Radice, William (1999) 'Introduction to Juan Mascaró: The Creation of Faith'. In: Mascaró, Juan, (ed.), The Creation of Faith. Canada: Bayeux Arts, pp 5-19.

Radice, William (1998) 'Xenophilia and xenophobia: Michael Madhusudan Datta's Meghnad-Badh-Kabya'. In: Snell, Rupert and Raeside, I.M.P., (eds.), Classics of Modern South Asian Literature. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, pp 143-169.


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