Novels with an Indian theme
Novels with an Indian theme have been referred to as Anglo Indian fiction.
Note however, that Anglo Indian fiction does not refer to fiction by, or about, persons of mixed British and Indian race. Rather it refers to fiction by British writers living in India, or British writers with a connection to India, or even, in some contexts fiction by Indian authors written during the British Raj period.
Authors, Anglo Indian fiction
- See Authors
- W D Arnold [William Delafield], Lieut. 58th Regiment, BNI, author of Oakfield or Fellowship In the East, refer below
- W. Robert Foran. He wrote many non fiction books, mainly connected with Africa, but The Border of Blades : an Anglo-Indian Romance, refer below, is the only known book of fiction connected with India.
- Iltudus Thomas Prichard victorianresearch.org.
- "Studying Anglo-Indian Novels: A Forgotten Genre" by Ayusman Chakraborty. The Golden Line A Magazine of English Literature, Bhatter College, Dantan, West Bengal.
- "Colonial Discourses: Series Three: Colonial Fiction, 1650-1914" ampltd.co.uk. Contains a bibliography of general works and fiction from India.
Historical books online
About Anglo-Indian fiction
- "Fiction" page 351 Catalogue of the Library of the India Office 1888 Archive.org
- A Survey Of Anglo-Indian Fiction by Bhupal Singh 1934. Archive.org version, mirror from Digital Library of India. This book was used as a source for the following book.
- India in English Fiction, 1800-1970; an Annotated Bibliography by Brijen Kishore Gupta 1973 Archive.org Lending Library. The previous book was used as a source.
- Chronicles of the Raj : a study of literary reaction to the imperial idea towards the end of the Raj by Shamsul Islam 1979. Archive.org Lending Library.
- After the Raj: British novels of India since 1947 by David Rubin 1986. Archive.org Lending Library.
- After Empire : Scott, Naipaul, Rushdie by Michael Edward Gorra 1997 Archive.org Lending Library.
- Some Passages In The Life Of An Adventurer In The Punjab Printed at Delhi 1842. Easier to read, but missing at least 2 pages, compared to version 2 Archive.org.
- Oakfield or Fellowship In the East by W D Arnold [William Delafield], Lieut. 58th Regiment, BNI [Bengal Native infantry]. 2nd edition 1854 Volume I Archive.org. Volume II Google Books. Oakfield or Fellowship In the East Wikipedia, which states "The novel is an indictment of the moral standards of the British regiments in India." Originally published (1853) using the pseudonym Punjabee. Volume II is set in the period of the 2nd Sikh War.
- The Chronicles of Budgepore; or, Sketches of Life in Upper India by Iltudus Prichard catalogued 1870. Volume I, Vol II Archive.org, mirror from Granth Sanjeevani Asiatic Society of Mumbai. During the latter period of his time in India, Prichard edited the Delhi Gazette and served as barrister.
- Prichard also wrote How to Manage It: a Novel 1864, concerning the Indian Mutiny, in addition to non fiction books.
- Chronicles of Dustypore; a Tale of Modern Anglo-Indian Society [by H S Cunningham [Henry Stewart], Sir] 1875. Volume I, Volume II Archive.org H. S. Cunningham Wikipedia. Born 1832, he went to India in 1866 as Government Advocate and Legal Advisor to the Punjab, based at Lahore. He became Advocate-General of Madras Presidency 1872 and judge of the Calcutta High Court 1877-1887.
- Review of Chronicles of Dustypore page 73 Sir Henry Stewart Cunningham, K.C.I.E. by Margaret M. Verney 1923 Archive.org.
- The Dead Man's Gift: a Tea-planter's Romance by Herbert Compton (London) 1890. British Library Digital Collection. Herbert Eastwick Compton Wikipedia.
- The Border of Blades : an Anglo-Indian Romance by Captain Bedford Foran 1916 Archive.org. Author is cataloged as William Robert Foran. Set in Peshawar and the North West Frontier. W. Robert Foran Wikipedia. W R Foran (aussiehunter.org) indicates he was in India with the British Army for a short time in the early 1900s. Article includes brief details of Foran's Army service 1899 to 1910. '"The Coolest Nerve I Ever Saw" by Charles J McGuirk Chicago Sunday Tribune (March 22, 1914), Part 5/Color Section, p. 2. catalogue entry lib.msu.edu. Other books by Foran shakariconnection.com.
- The Oxford Anthology of Raj Stories edited by Saros Cowasjee. 2007 reprint, first published 1998. Archive.org Books to Borrow/Lending Library.