A signed hardcover copy of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘The King of the Dark Chamber’ – the English translation of his famous Bengali play ‘Raja’ – is up for auction in the US.
Signed on a prefatory page in fountain pen by Tagore, the Bolpur edition of the book was published by The Macmillan Company in 1916.
The play revolves around a mysterious, unseen, omniscient king, who is both benevolent and efficient. His reluctance towards being seen causes most of the drama in the story, rattling his beautiful wife and the kings of nearby kingdoms. The original play written in 1910 is marked as a symbolic play. A short stage version of Raja was published under the title of Arupratan in 1920.
The copy of The King of the Dark Chamber to be auctioned was consigned by an American book dealer, according to US-based RR Auction. It is expected to fetch USD 500 at the online auction.
Tagore became the first Indian to win a Nobel Prize (Literature) in 1913. He wrote successfully in all literary genres, but was first and foremost a poet, publishing more than 50 volumes of poetry.
Tagore was knighted by the British in 1915, but gave up his knighthood after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.
The bidding for the book ends on March 7.