Originally delivered as the Hibbert Lectures in Oxford in 1930, The Religion of Man (1931) is an extensive and commanding exposition of Rabindranath Tagore's understanding of the meaning and significance of religion in the cultural history of man. Tagore delivered these lectures when he was nearly seventy-years-old, they are born of experience, not theory.
One of India's most cherished figures, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1914) was a novelist, short-story writer, poet, essayist, painter, educationist and thinker, the first non-European to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1913. He modernised Bengali literature, moving it away from its rigid classical form and strict linguistic structure. Known for works such as Gitanjali (Song Offerings), Gora (Fair-Faced) and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World,) his novels, short stories and verse are considered part of the greatest of world literature, famous for their exploration of the political and the personal.