Biography and History

Sir Edwin Arnold was an English poet and journalist. In 1856 he went to India as principal of the Government Sanskrit College at Poona where he gathered material for his future works. Returning to England in 1861, he worked as a journalist and, later, editor of The Daily Telegraph, as well as contributing to other journals including the Press, The LIterary Gazette, The London Review, and The Critic. It was Arnold who, on behalf of the proprietors of the Telegraph, in conjunction with the New York Herald, arranged the journey of Henry Morton Stanley to Africa to discover the source of the Nile River, and Stanley named a mountain after him. To his contemporaries, however, Arnold was best known as a poet. The literary task which he set before him was the interpretation in English verse of the life and philosophy of the East. His chief work with this object was The Light of Asia, which was translated in various languages, including Hindi. It appeared in 1879 and was an immediate success, going through numerous editions in England and in America.

Source: From the finding aid for C1328

  • Sir Edwin Arnold Letters. 1861.

    Call Number: C1328

    Consists of fifteen letters (1861) by the English author Sir Edwin Arnold to London publisher Smith, Elder, and Co. regarding his work The Book of Good Counsels.