Posted on: 1 January 2012

Digital Rare Book :
Gitanjali and Fruit-Gathering
By Sir Rabindranath Tagore
With Illustrations by Nandalal Bose, Surendranath Kar, Abanindranath Tagore and Nobendranath Tagore
Published by The Macmillan & Co., New York - 1918

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Tagore was haunted by depression: Biography Famed for his literary, artistic and intellectual capabilities the world over, Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore led a very lonely life and even suffered from frequent bouts of depression, says his new biography. “In January 1915 Tagore again speaks of a ‘breakdown’, ‘deep depression’, but in February he claimed to have been healed in the solitude of the boat he inhabited on the banks of the Padma (river) in north Bengal,” says Prof Sabyasachi Bhattacharya in his book ‘Rabindranath Tagore: An Interpretation’. Incidentally, one of Tagore’s worst spells of depression was in 1914, a year after his book of poems ‘Gitanjali’ brought him sudden international fame as he became the first non-European Nobel laureate by earning the 1913 prize in literature. Read more :