Ralph Russell, Urdu scholar

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Ralph Russell (1918-2008) was widely regarded as the leading western Urdu scholar and translator. I learnt Urdu from him, and for the last 26 years of his life we worked closely together. I edited many of his books for publication and I am now his literary executor. I work with publishers to keep his books in print and to bring out new editions.
You can find out more about him and our collaboration at Working with Ralph Russell 

Ghalib: The Sound of My Moving Pen coverOn Urdu literature
Ralph is best known for his work on the great 19th century poet, Ghalib. The Famous Ghalib: The Sound of My Moving Pen introduces Ghalib’s poetry to readers who don’t know Urdu. I edited this new volume that brings together his writing over many years, according to guidance he left me. 

Coming shortly – new editions of
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The Pursuit of Urdu Literature
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An Anthology of Urdu literature

 

 

His earlier books have remained classics, and are still in print. Details of all of these are on the website he set up before his death, www.ralphrussell.co.uk

Auto/biography
Throughout his life Ralph wrote reflections on his personalfindings-180, political and scholarly experience, which formed the basis of his autobiography. Together we produced the 1st 2 parts, Findings Keepings and Losses Gains. Right up until his death he was putting together materials for me to use to complete the story. To find out more about this and what it will cover, see: Ralph Russell: auto/biography.

Language teaching
Ralph had a huge impact on generations of students, both in SOAS (the School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London), and in through courses he pioneered in the wider community in the UK. For more information, see Urdu language teaching.

Photo credit: Ralph in Delhi with a lifelong friend, journalist Som Anand, 1997 (photo by Prakash Suri)

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