Tacitus, Tagore. Two studies of a remarkably neglected polymath
RABINDRANATH TAGORE by BASHABI FRASER
THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO RABINDRANATH TAGORE SUKANTA CHAUDHURI, EDITOR 515pp. Cambridge University Press. Paperback, £34.99 (US $44.99).
OPPOSITE THE TITLE PAGE of Bashabi Fra- ser’s summation of Rabindranath Tagore’s life and work appears a long list of the “leading cultural figures of the modern period” who also appear in the series to which it belongs – a series called Critical Lives. Alphabetically arranged, it begins with Antonin Artaud, Roland Barthes and Georges Bataille, but unexpectedly it also includes Coco Chanel and Derek Jarman.