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 five 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 essays Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History was published by Permanent Black in 2012.

Mehrotra was nominated for the 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who later resigned over allegations of a smear campaign against Trinidadian poet Derek Walcott (who had himself earlier withdrawn from the election process).[3][4]



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.

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.


  • Hāla, & Mehrotra, A. K. (1991). The Absent traveller: Prākrit love poetry from the Gāthāsaptaśatī of Sātavāhana Hāla. Delhi: Distributed by Orient Longman.
  • Mehrotra, A. K. (2011). Songs of Kabir. New York: NYRB Classics.

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 January 28, 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 (2014-11-29). "Arvind Krishna Mehrotra: Allahabad's prodigal poet". Livemint. Retrieved 2017-02-09.
  5. ^ Marvel, Ishan (January 13, 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.