Dom Moraes

(2374 words)
  • Sayan Chattopadhyay (University of Cambridge)

Dom Moraes (1938-2004), the poet, autobiographer, travel writer and journalist, was a precocious talent who was recognised as a central figure among the first generation of post-independence Indian writers in English even before he had turned twenty. Indeed, his success as a young author was so phenomenal that by the time he published his first prose autobiography in 1968 he was, to borrow the title under which Robert Nye reviewed his book,“chocking in his laurels” (1968: 20). An anonymous reviewer of the same book observed in The Times: “Some of Moraes’s poetry is now set for S-Level: he is embarrassed to learn that American collectors have got hold of his first book, published when he was 12 in India, on cricket. Boston …

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Chattopadhyay, Sayan. "Dom Moraes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 June 2012
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

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  1. Indian Poetry in English