Sarojini Naidu

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Sarojini Naidu was an Indian poet and political activist who published in English in the first decades of the twentieth century.
The British Library catalogue spells her name Sarojini Nayadu .
While studying in England in the 1890s, she became acquainted with British writers Edmund Gosse and Arthur Symons , who encouraged her to publish her poems. She began her writing career with three volumes of poetry, published in London and New York, which drew positive attention from critics. These poems, on subjects ranging from nature and love to Krishna and Indian freedom, generally combine Indian images, traditions, and beliefs with European forms and rhythms, though they occasionally also draw from Eastern poetics. SN 's later publications, primarily political speeches and articles, reflect her increasing commitment to Indian national politics. She is now remembered more for her extensive political activity than for her poetry.
Black and white photo of Sarojini Naidu, head and neck only. She looks quizzically at the camera, her face resting on one hand, with slightly raised eyebrows emphasizing the wrinkles on her forehead. Her dark grey hair is brushed back, and she wears dangly earrings.
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Milestones

13 February 1879
Sarojini Chattopadhyaya (later SN ) was born at Hyderabad in India.
Sengupta, Padmini. Sarojini Naidu: A Biography. Asia Publishing House, 1966.
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By 20 September 1905
SN 's first volume of poetry, The Golden Threshold, was published by William Heinemann in London, with an introduction by Arthur Symons .
The British Library copy was stamped on this date.
Naidu, Sarojini, Arthur Symons, and Arthur Symons. “The Golden Threshold, 1905”. Electronic Text Center: University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, PA.
prelims
1918
A collection of SN 's political writings, Speeches and Writings of Sarojini Naidu, was published at Madras in India by G. A. Natesan .
OCLC WorldCat.
2 March 1949
SN died at Lucknow, shortly after her seventieth birthday.
Naidu, Sarojini. “Introduction and Notes”. Sarojini Naidu, Selected Letters 1890s to 1940s, edited by Makarand Paranjape, Kali for Women, 1996, p. Various pages.
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Sengupta, Padmini. Sarojini Naidu: A Biography. Asia Publishing House, 1966.
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Biography

Birth

13 February 1879
Sarojini Chattopadhyaya (later SN ) was born at Hyderabad in India.
Sengupta, Padmini. Sarojini Naidu: A Biography. Asia Publishing House, 1966.
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