'Special' books by OUP at World Book Fair in centenary year



New Delhi: Late President S Radhakrishnan's "Essentials of Psychology", that was first published in 1912 is being republished to mark the centenary celebrations of the Oxford University Press (OUP).

The book, which was among the first to be brought out by the publishing house in India, is being reissued at the ongoing World Book Fair that was inaugurated here yesterday.

"We have a growing history of publishing from 1912 that we want to showcase a little more widely.

Radhakrishnan's book is a symbol of history and at the World Book Fair we are bringing out a special reissue of the first book published by us," Manzar Khan, managing director, Oxford University Press said.

The big Oxford School Atlas that was first published in 1915 is also being republished in a 33rd edition a special centenary year edition.

The publishing giant is also be bringing out new publishing initiatives this year.

"New editions of enduring works from a century will be brought out. The special Oxford India Perennials will include Girish Karnad's play "Tughlaq". He will also be publishing his memoirs with us this year," says Khan.

We are also coming out with a new version of the 1998 published book "India's economic reforms and development: Essays for Manmohan Singh."

"The festschrift will have essays from top economists and thinkers," says Khan.

In keeping with the World Book Fair's theme of cinema and literature, the publishing house is also bringing out a book exploring the relationship between Literature and Film in the Indian context involving three iconic figures of the country- Rabindranath Tagore, Premchand and Satyajit Ray.

"Books by Rachel Dawyer who has written on Bollywood and titles like Hindi Action Cinema and about Telugu star Chiranjeevi. Other titles that would be displayed at the fair are by books on Gurudutt and a wide range of titles on films," says Khan.

Works by AK Ramanujan, whose essay triggered a controversy over its inclusion in the undergraduate syllabus in the Delhi University will also be available at the Book Fair.

"All Ramanujan books will be available on sale at the Fair. They were out of stock at some point of time but are available now," says Khan.

Translations of contemporary writings into 13 key languages are also being showcased by the publishing house. These include Malayalam novel "Indulekha", the Punjabi dalit autobiography "Changiya Rukh" and a tribal novel "Kocharethi: The Araya Women".

Works of authors like Ashish Nandy, Andre Beteille, Sudhir Kakar amd Romila Thapar as well as books on school education and higher education is also showcased at the Fair.

PTI