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'A good book is a precious life-blood of a master spirit embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life', said Milton in his polemical piece Areopagitica. The Essential Tagore edited by Fakrul Alam and Radha Chakravarty and published by Bisva-bharati in India and Harvard University Press in the USA is such a work, one that preserves the quintessence and master spirit of Rabindranath Tagore through the medium of English. This ambitious collection was brought out in 2011 to mark the 150th anniversary of Tagore's birth.
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