Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib (1797–1869), noble, poet, and wit of nineteenth-century Delhi, is the most famous and popular of the Urdu poets that the Indian subcontinent has produced. His life spans the years of the twilight of the Mughals, the Revolt of 1857, and the terrible aftermath. This complete Ghalib anthology comprises poetry and prose translated from both Persian and Urdu, as well as biographical details, and provides a context within which modern-day English-speaking readers can read and understand his poetry.
New translations from Ghalib’s Urdu and Persian ghazals form a significant part of the volume. A note on translating Ghalib, a survey of his Urdu and Persian poetry, and a detailed explanatory index provided to guide the readers, complete the volume.