Aditya Behl on the Clay Sanskrit Library
gthomgt at COMCAST.NET
Thu Jul 2 21:22:33 EDT 2009
I would like to call the attention of list members to a recent review
article by Aditya Behl which discusses this recent enterprise which aims
to present much of classical Sanskrit literature in a format similar to
Harvard's Loeb classical library of Greek and Latin classics. I refer
to the Times Literary Supplement issue June 19 2009, no. 5542. This is
the print version, a very prominent front page review. I do not know
whether it is available online.
However, I can say that Behl has done a nice job of introducing the Clay
Sanskrit Library to a general audience. Unfortunately, this article
also gives the disturbing news that this series of classical Sanskrit
texts presented attractively and accessibly in a bilingual format, with
the Sanskrit text [in simplified sandhi-analyzed form] facing an English
translation on opposite page, just as in the Harvard Loeb series, is
about to be discontinued because of poor sales.
We should all encourage our students to buy Clay editions of these
Sanskrit texts. And we all should buy them as well, as much as we can.
This is a very valuable series which we should all support, in spite of
its very minor flaws.
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