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The first five volumes of the new Murty Classical Library of India (photo 1) were released in January from Harvard University Press. The hope is to publish 500 volumes over the next century, which will reveal to the world a “colossal Indian past” of multilanguage literary history from as far back as two millennia. A detail from Volume 4, "The Story of Manu" by Allasani Peddana (photo 2). This is the first time it has appeared in English.

A literary colossus

Scholars celebrate publishing first five volumes keyed to India’s cultural past, the first of 500 in the next century

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