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Women's writing in Telugu

IRAVAYYAVA SATHAABDAM LO TELUGU RACHAYITRUL RACHANALU — Anthology of Women Writers' Works in the 20th Century: Abboori Chaayaa Devi; Sahitya Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, 35, Ferozshah Road, New Delhi-110001. Rs. 150.

IN THIS book, the author, herself a seasoned writer, has made a detailed study of three genres — poetry, short story and essay writing, with just single samples of book review (Dr. Malathy Chendur), musings (Latha) and letter literature (Kanaparthi Varalakshmamma).

However, she has chosen to leave out an important branch, novel, but gives an explanation for the omission that the output of novel by women writers in Telugu was so voluminous, that it cannot be sampled in this work for want of scope and space.

Under poetry are included 35 pieces of versification by 25 women poets such as Kaanchanapalli Kanakaamba, Chavali Bangaramma, Tallaapragada Viswasundaramma, Sthaanaapathi Rukminiamma and K. Swaroopa Rani. Two anthologies of Paatibandia Vijayalakshmi and award-winning children's poetry by Dokala Sujatha Devi could have been included.

The compiler has picked up 21 short stories by women writers like Illindala Saraswathi Devi, Achanta Sarada Devi, Kalyanasundari Jagannath, P. Bhanumathi Ramakrishna, P. Yasoda Reddy, Dwivedula Visalakshi, Vasireddy Sita Devi, K. Ramalakshmi, Turaga Janakirani and so on. Among the essayists selected are Nayani Krishnakumari, Katyayani Vidmahe, P. Sanjeevamma and Mrinalini. Some of the essays are related to women's problems.

The compiler has done diligent homework. However, the book does not fully reflect the literary scene that the Sahitya Akademi may have envisaged, but provides useful source material for an extensive study on this subject.

B. S. R. KRISHNA

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