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Jawaharlal NehruRebel and Statesman$
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B. R. Nanda

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780195645866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195645866.001.0001

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Nehru as a Man of Letters

Nehru as a Man of Letters

(p.265) 14 Nehru as a Man of Letters
Jawaharlal Nehru

B. R. Nanda

Oxford University Press

As one of the most distinguished and successful writers of our time, Jawaharlal Nehru surprisingly made his debut into the world of letters not only comparatively late in life, but unwittingly, almost unconsciously. In his younger years, Nehru had early imbibed a love of reading, and his letters from Harrow to Allahabad were fluent, elegant, and (in political matters) mature for his age. In November 1927, Nehru embarked on a four-day trip to Moscow and summed up his experience in the 1928 book Soviet Russia. His second book, Letters from a Father to His Daughter, was addressed to his ten-year-old daughter Indira in the summer of 1928 when she was in Mussoorie and he in Allahabad. He also wrote Glimpses of World History, which remains a good introduction to world history. But it was only in June 1934, when he was in his mid-forties, that Nehru embarked on his first real literary venture, his autobiography. Autobiography was a phenomenal success, establishing Nehru’s reputation as a writer.

Keywords:   Jawaharlal Nehru, letters, Soviet Russia, Glimpses of World History, autobiography, Letters from a Father to His Daughter, writings

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