Lot 668: Rabindranath Tagore

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-06-29 15:00:49

Lot 668: ALS in Urdu, one page, 7.25 x 10.5, The Cumnock School, Los Angeles letterhead, no date but circa October 1916. In part (translated): "I am very busy now. It is doubtful whether it will be possible for me to visit the part of this country in which you are present…Perhaps I shall have to remain in this country for five or six months. If the war comes to an end in the meantime I shall go over to Europe." In very good condition, with intersecting folds, scattered foxing and staining, and a rusty paperclip mark to the upper left. From May 1916 until April 1917, Tagore embarked on a lecture tour in Japan and the United States with two goals in mind. First, he denounced nationalism in response to the elevating violence of World War I overseas. Second, he hoped to raise funds for the development and expansion of Santiniketan, a small town that he established as a center of learning. On October 9, 1916, he delivered a lecture known as 'The Cult of Nationalism' at the Cumnock School of Expression in Los Angeles. An enormously desirable letter by Tagore representing his philosophy and international renown. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453 Sunday, 17th May 2015 Estimate: $1500-2000
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