Title: Kathataranga [The History of Sandford and Merton]
Author: Translated from the English by Madhusudan Mukhopadhyay
Publisher and Printer: Printed and published by the order of the Calcutta School Book Society and the Vernacular Literature Society, and sold at their depository, 12, Lall Bazar, 1865.
Date & edition: 1865
Price: Not mentioned
About the book:
The English original, The History of Sandford and Merton: A Work Intended for the Use of Children was written by Thomas Day and published in three parts in 1783, 1786 and 1789. The book uses a continued narrative to string together a cluster of stories each of which teaches a moral lesson. The framing narrative follows the process of education of Tommy Merton, the child of a rich merchant family and Harry Sandford, a farmer’s son, under the guidance of Mr. Barlow, the local clergyman. The book, following Rousseau’s philosophy of natural education, integrates and illustrates the pedagogic theories expounded in Emile.
The translation, unlike some others in the same series, retains the English names and the settings of the original text.
A list of the available VLS titles complete with corresponding prices – serving as an advertisement of the titles as well as the series - is printed on the back cover of the volume.
Genre: Bengali Family Library. Didactic Literature: Moral Tale. Translation.
Source: The British Library
Pages from the book:
1. Title page
2. Page 1
3. Back cover
References consulted for this entry
Carpenter, Humphrey and Mary Prichard. The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature.
Hunt, Peter. Children’s Literature: An Illustrated History.