Vinay Dharwadker 1. Locating Indian-English Literature in History The first text to be composed in English by an author of Indian origin was The Travels of Dean Mahomet, A Native of Patna in Bengal, Through Several Parts of India, While in the Service of The Honourable The East India Company, Written by Himself, In a Series of Letters to a Friend, which appeared in print in two volumes in Cork, Ireland, in 1794.1 Din Muhammad had emigrated from India a decade earlier at the age of twenty-five, probably had converted to the established Protestant church in Ireland shortly afterward, and had married a young woman from the Anglo-Irish gentry. At the time when he wrote his book he lived in Cork in comfortable financial circumstances, supporting his wife and children by working as a domestic supervisor on a large estate. His marriage as well as his employment gave him access to the city's upper-class society, then the most prosperous in Ireland after Dublin's, thriving on maritime trade with the newer colonies of the British empire. In early 1793, when he advertised a proposal to publish his work by subscription, and personally visited prominent families in southern Ireland to
Comparative Literature Studies – Penn State University Press
Published: May 1, 2002
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