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Omitting Tamil Literature

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In the book review “On the Origin and Progress of the Novel” by Bhoomika Meiling (EPW, 24 September 2016) of Understanding the Novel: A Theoretical Oveview by Albeena Shakil, Meiling mentions novels in Bengali, Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, English and Urdu. However, she fails to mention Tamil, which has a tradition of literature longer than other Indian languages. While earlier much of literature was in poetic form, the novel made its appearance quite early in Tamil. Prathapa Mudiliar Charitram was the first novel in Tamil written in 1857 by Samuel Vedanayagam Pillai and published in 1879.

Maithreyi Krishnaraj
Bengaluru

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