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“The shaping of India’s future depends on understanding its past, and the Murty Classical Library of India deserves acclaim for making great works from the past widely available.”—Amartya Sen

“The Murty Classical Library is uncovering India’s dazzling literary history… It illuminates lost things, brings back to recognition texts that were once crucial.”—Neel Mukherjee, New Statesman

“We can only welcome an undertaking like the Murty Classical Library of India, which intends to inject fresh blood directly into the circulatory system of the English language… [It] offers a surprising array of texts…capable of broadening the all-too-restricted horizons of the average Western reader.”—Roberto Calasso, New York Review of Books

To present the greatest literary works of India from the past two millennia to the largest readership in the world is the mission of the Murty Classical Library of India. The series aims to reintroduce these works, a part of world literature’s treasured heritage, to a new generation.

Translated into English by world-class scholars, reflecting the highest standards of contemporary book design, and featuring elegant, newly commissioned typefaces, these volumes are a modern invitation to diverse pre-modern literary worlds in languages such as Bangla, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Pali, Panjabi, Persian, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. The series will provide English translations of classical works alongside the Indic originals in the appropriate regional script. New books will be added to the series annually.

This series is supported by a generous gift from Rohan Narayana Murty, computer scientist and true friend of the Indian classics.

Listen to General Editor Sheldon Pollock discuss the Murty Classical Library of India on WBUR’s On Point:

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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1.Cover: Sufi Lyrics

Sufi Lyrics

Shah, Bullhe
Shackle, Christopher

2.Cover: The History of Akbar, Volume 1

The History of Akbar, Volume 1

Abu'l-Fazl
Thackston, Wheeler M.

3.Cover: Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women

Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women

Hallisey, Charles

4.Cover: The Story of Manu

The Story of Manu

Peddana, Allasani
Narayana Rao, Velcheru
Shulman, David

5.Cover: Sur’s Ocean: Poems from the Early Tradition

Sur’s Ocean: Poems from the Early Tradition

Surdas
Bryant, Kenneth E.
Hawley, John Stratton

6.Cover: The History of Akbar, Volume 2

The History of Akbar, Volume 2

Abu'l-Fazl
Thackston, Wheeler M.

7.Cover: The Epic of Ram, Volume 1

The Epic of Ram, Volume 1

Tulsidas
Lutgendorf, Philip

8.Cover: The Epic of Ram, Volume 2

The Epic of Ram, Volume 2

Tulsidas
Lutgendorf, Philip

9.Cover: Arjuna and the Hunter

Arjuna and the Hunter

Bharavi
Peterson, Indira Viswanathan

10.Cover: The History of Akbar, Volume 3

The History of Akbar, Volume 3

Abu'l-Fazl
Thackston, Wheeler M.

11.Cover: The Killing of Shishupala

The Killing of Shishupala

Magha
Dundas, Paul

12.Cover: In Praise of Annada, Volume 1

In Praise of Annada, Volume 1

Ray, Bharatchandra
Bhattacharya, France

13.Cover: The Life of Harishchandra

The Life of Harishchandra

Raghavanka
Viswanatha, Vanamala

14.Cover: The History of Akbar, Volume 4

The History of Akbar, Volume 4

Abu'l-Fazl
Thackston, Wheeler M.

15.Cover: The Epic of Ram, Volume 3

The Epic of Ram, Volume 3

Tulsidas
Lutgendorf, Philip

16.Cover: The Epic of Ram, Volume 4

The Epic of Ram, Volume 4

Tulsidas
Lutgendorf, Philip

17.Cover: The Life of Padma, Volume 1

The Life of Padma, Volume 1

Svayambhudeva
De Clercq, Eva

18.Cover: Risalo

Risalo

Latif, Shah Abdul
Shackle, Christopher

19.Cover: The History of Akbar, Volume 5

The History of Akbar, Volume 5

Abu'l-Fazl
Thackston, Wheeler M.

20.Cover: A Treatise on Dharma

A Treatise on Dharma

Yajnavalkya
Olivelle, Patrick

21.Cover: Selected <i>Ghazals</i> and Other Poems

Selected Ghazals and Other Poems

Mir, Mir Taqi
Faruqi, Shamsur Rahman

22.Cover: Remembrances

Remembrances

Mir, Mir Taqi
Naim, C. M.

23.Cover: The History of Akbar, Volume 6

The History of Akbar, Volume 6

Abu'l-Fazl
Thackston, Wheeler M.

24.Cover: The Epic of Ram, Volume 5

The Epic of Ram, Volume 5

Tulsidas
Lutgendorf, Philip

25.Cover: In Praise of Annada, Volume 2

In Praise of Annada, Volume 2

Ray, Bharatchandra
Bhattacharya, France

26.Cover: The History of Akbar, Volume 7

The History of Akbar, Volume 7

Abu'l-Fazl
Thackston, Wheeler M.

27.Cover: Poems from the <i>Satsai</i>

Poems from the Satsai

Biharilal
Snell, Rupert

28.Cover: The Essence of Politics

The Essence of Politics

Kamandaki
Knutson, Jesse Ross

29.Cover: Lilavai

Lilavai

Kouhala
Ollett, Andrew

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