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University of Texas acquires Indian-American author Raja Rao’s works

Indian American author and philosopher Raja Rao

Austin, June 18 (UITV)- The University of Texas has acquired the works of Indian American author and philosopher Raja Rao’s archives, which includes a broad range of materials from unpublished works to manuscripts of his critically acclaimed novels for advancing the study of arts and humanities.

Rao’s estate donated the archive, which includes a broad range of materials, from unpublished work to manuscripts of his well known novels such as “Kanthapura”, “The Serpent and the Rope”, and “The Chessmaster and his Moves”. His archives also contain materials in several of the languages that Rao spoke, including English, French, Sanskrit and his native Kannada.

The Harry Ransom is an archive, library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts from the US and Europe for the purpose of advancing the study of the arts and humanities.

Considered one of India’s earliest and most outstanding English-language novelists, Rao was the author of numerous works of fiction, short stories, poetry, talks and essays.

Recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature and numerous other literary awards, Rao also won the Sahitya Akademi Award for literature for the philosophical novel “The Serpent and the Rope.” In 1969, he was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award, one of the India’s highest awards for literature, and in 2007 he was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan by the government of India.

Educated at the Aligarh Muslim University and the University of Madras and other foreign universities, Rao was already an internationally known author when he was recruited by former UT President John Silber to teach Indian philosophy and Buddhism in Austin.

Once processed and cataloged, the Rao materials will be accessible in the Ransom Center’s reading rooms to students, researchers and the public.