Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra
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Arvind Krishna Mehrotra (born 1947[1]) is an Indian poet, anthologist, literary critic and translator.


Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was born in Lahore in 1947. He has published six collections of poetry in English and two of translation — a volume of Prakrit love poems, The Absent Traveller, recently reissued in Penguin Classics, and Songs of Kabir (NYRB Classics). His Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets (1992) has been very influential. He has edited several books, including History of Indian Literature in English (Columbia University Press, 2003) and Collected Poems in English by Arun Kolatkar (Bloodaxe Books, 2010). His collection of essays Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History was published by Permanent Black in 2012. A second book of essays, Translating the Indian Past (Permanent Black), appeared in 2019.

Mehrotra was nominated for the post of Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford in 2009.[2] He came second behind Ruth Padel, who later resigned over allegations of a smear campaign against Trinidadian poet Derek Walcott (who had himself earlier withdrawn from the election process).[3][4]

Mehrotra has translated more than 200 literary works from ancient Prakrit language, and from Hindi, Bengali and Gujarati.[5]


Poetry Collections[edit]

  • Mehrotra, A. K. (1984). Middle earth. Three Crowns Books. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Mehrotra, A. K. (1976). Nine enclosures. Bombay: Clearing House.
  • Mehrotra, A. K. (1982). Distance in statute miles. Bombay: Clearing House.
  • Mehrotra, A K. (1998). The transfiguring places: poems. Delhi: Ravi Dayal Publisher.
  • Mehrotra, A. K. (2014). Collected Poems 1969-2014. Delhi: Penguin India.
  • Mehrotra, A. K. (2016). Collected Poems. Artarmon NSW: Giramondo.
  • Mehrotra, A.K. (2020) Selected Poems and Translations/NYRB Poets. New York: New York Review Books.

Edited Books[edit]

  • Mehrotra, A. K. (2003). History of Indian literature in English. New York: Columbia University Press.
  • Mehrotra, A. K. (1992). The Oxford India anthology of twelve modern Indian poets. Delhi: Oxford University Press. excerpts
    • Translated into German as Mehrotra, A. K. (2006). Indische Dichter der Gegenwart eine Anthologie englischsprachiger Lyrik Indiens. Heidelberg: Verl. Das Wunderhorn.
  • Weissbort, D., & Mehrotra, A. K. (1993). Periplus: poetry in translation. Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Mehrotra, A. K. (2007). The last bungalow: writings on Allahabad. New Delhi: Penguin Books.


  • Mehrotra, A. K. (1991). The Absent Traveller: Prākrit love poetry from the Gāthāsaptaśatī of Sātavāhana Hāla. Delhi: Ravi Dayal Publisher.
  • Mehrotra, A. K. (2011). Songs of Kabir. New York: NYRB Classics.
  • Mehrotra, A.K. with Sara Rai (2019). Blue Is Like Blue: Stories by Vinod Kumar Shukla. Delhi: HarperCollins.

Editor of Literary Magazines[edit]

  • damn you/a magazine of the arts. Allahabad, India: 1964-1968.
  • Ezra. Bombay, India: Ezra-Fakir Press, 1966-1969.
  • Fakir. Bombay, India: Ezra-Fakir Press, 1966.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. ^ Biography at Poetry International Web Archived 28 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Arvind Mehrotra loses Oxford's Professor of Poetry election - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  4. ^ Soofi, Mayank Austen (29 November 2014). "Arvind Krishna Mehrotra: Allahabad's prodigal poet". Livemint. Retrieved 9 February 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Marvel, Ishan (13 January 2016). ""Academia In India Is Not Something About Which You Can Have Any Illusions": An Interview With Arvind Krishna Mehrotra". The Caravan.

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Further reading[edit]

Among the published works giving an analysis of his poetry are:

Bruce King, (1987, revised edition 2001) Modern Indian Poetry in English. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

He is interviewed in the following works:

  • De Souza, E. (1999). Talking poems: conversations with poets. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

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