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One of the reasons why Indian thought and Indian civilization make so fascinating a field of study and research lies in their unique history and remarkable structure. Indian civilization has its roots in an ancient heritage, in that pattern of culture which is sometimes called archaic or semi-primitive, sometimes also pre-or non-modern. This culture, or rather structure of the human mind, is in the main characterized by presenting in some essential features striking contrasts to our modern mentality.
The plan of this work dealing with literature of India, reflects, not only the increase in factual knowledge and the widening of our horizon, but also the changed attitudes of the last sixty years. While much space is allotted to Sanskrit literature, the literary works written in the Middle Indian languages receive extensive treatment and much more importance than was possible in Winternitz’ days had to be given to the modern literatures. A considerable part of the material contained in this book contains wealth of fresh information while material found in other works have been enlarged and made uptodate.
A History of Indian Literature was published originally between 1975 and 1987 in 10 volumes. This series which had been out of print for quite some time, is now being presented in a hard cover format.