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Gitanjali
Offerings of Song and Art 
by Rabindranath Tagore, illustrations by Mark W. McGinnis

Poet, playwright, and novelist Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) was one of the towering cultural figures of modern India, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Of his many works, the most enduringly popular has been Gitanjali, or Song Offerings, likely due to the honesty with which these verses articulate the poetís personal, and humanityís eternal, spiritual quest. Although steeped in Hindu roots, the poems are universal in their appeal, reflecting a passion for and joy in a union with the divine. They have the capability of bringing together compassionate, seeking minds of all faiths. 

When artist Mark W. McGinnis came to read Gitanjali in the summer of 2001, he immediately dropped what he was working on and began a series of paintings inspired by this work. The results are 103 exquisite 9 x 9 inch paintings. During the course of the project McGinnis submerged himself in Tagoreís world, reading widely in and studying all areas of the poetís diverse and creative career. His paintings are intended not simply to be illustrations of Tagoreís verses but images inspired by them and the artistís understanding of the creative mind behind them. Both songs and paintings are brought together here in a deluxe gift edition, with hand-made Indian endpapers and ribbon marker. It is the artistís hope that this work will help more people to know the work of one of the great minds of the modern era.

Published by Floating World Editions
Published 2006, 144 pp., 103 colour illustrations
ISBN 1 891640 28 3, hardback, £13.00