The King of the Dark Chamber

The King of the Dark Chamber  (1916) 
by Rabindranath Tagore, translated by Kshitish Chandra Sen

This work is the first problem play in Bengali literature. It was also the first of Tagore's plays in the allegorical-symbolical genre. Tagore chose this form in order to portray what he himself described as the inner conflict of the soul. The story is adapted from a Buddhist Jataka Tale. See here for a detailed analysis.
The work was first published in Bengali in 1910; translated by K. C. Sen, revised by Tagore and published in English in 1914. Translation was wrongly attributed to Tagore on the title page of the work, which was corrected later by the publishers (see here). For details about how the translation evolved in stages, see here.

THE KING OF
THE DARK CHAMBER

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THE KING

OF

THE DARK CHAMBER

BY
RABINDRANATH TAGORE

translated into english
by the author

New York
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
1916

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Copyright, 1914,
By DRAMA LEAGUE OF AMERICA.


Copyright, 1914,
By THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.


Set up and electrotyped. Published September, 1914. Reprinted December, 1914; December, 1915; October, 1916.

Norwood Press:
Berwick & Smith Co., Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

Acts:

Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, Act 5, Act 6, Act 7, Act 8, Act 9, Act 10, Act 11, Act 12, Act 13, Act 14, Act 15, Act 16, Act 17, Act 18, Act 19, Act 20

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Original:

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926.


The author died in 1941, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

 
Translation:

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1926. It may be copyrighted outside the U.S. (see Help:Public domain).