Ghalib Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Ram, Malik. Mirza Ghalib. New Delhi, India: National Book Trust, 1968, 93 p.

A biography of Ghalib and an assessment of his poetry.

Rushaid, H. E. Yacoub A. "A Centenary Tribute." In Ghalib's Passion Flower—Consuming, Flower-Fresh, Heady, by Satya Deo Misra, pp. 71-79. New Delhi, India: S. D. Misra, 1969.

A tribute to Ghalib, with translations of his poetry, on the centenary of his death.

Varma, Pavan K. Ghalib: The Man, the Times. New Delhi, India: Viking, 1989, 224 p.

Paints a portrait of Ghalib the man and, through him, of the Delhi in which he lived.


Ahmad, Aijaz. "Ghalib: The Dew Drop on the Red Poppy." Mahfil V, No. 4 (1968-1969): 59-69.

Comprehensive examination of Ghalib's "The Dew Drop on the Red Poppy," including an introduction, notes, and translations.

Hasan, Muhammad. "Some Important Critics of Ghalib." Mahfil V, No. 4 (1968-1969): 31-43.

Discusses Ghalib's critics and their perceptions of his Urdu literature.

——. "Urdu: Ghalib Centenary Year." Indian Literature XIII, No. 4 (1970): 106-13.

A brief overview and assessment of the literary output on Ghalib and other poets and writers in the centenary year of his death.

Khan, Shujaatullah. "Ghalib: The Monarch of Urdu Poetry." Eastern Horizon VI, No. 1 (January 1967): 49-52.

Provides a brief overview of Ghalib's life, highlighting several ghazals.

Kumar, Ish. Ghalib and Iqbal. Chandigarh, India: Publication Bureau, Panjab University, 1988, 124 p.

Compares the work of Ghalib with another Urdu poet, Iqbal, as well as with some English poets.

Narang, G. C. "Ghalib and the Rebellion of 1857." Indian Literature XV, No. 1 (1972): 5-20.

Discusses Ghalib's thoughts and feelings about the Mutiny of 1857 as recorded in his letters and his Persian diary, Dastambu.

Qadir, Abdul. "Ghalib as a Poet." In his Famous Urdu Poets and Writers, pp. 17-46. Lahore: New Book Society, 1947.

A lecture on the life and work of Ghalib.

Qadir, Abdul. "Ghalib as a Master of Urdu Prose." In his Famous Urdu Poets and Writers, pp. 47-70. Lahore: New Book Society, 1947.

A lecture on the prose writing of Ghalib, particularly the letters collected in his Urdu-I-Mualla.

Rizvi, S. Ehtisham Husain. "The Elements of Ghalib's Thought." Mahfil V, No. 4 (1968-1969): 7-29.

Attempts to understand Ghalib and his poetry by examining the milieu that both influenced him and was influenced by him.

Zaheer, Sajjad. "Ghalib and Progressive Urdu Literature." Afro-Asian Writings 1, No. 5 (April 1970): 171-79.

Discusses Ghalib's influence on Urdu literature and on poetry specifically.