Toru Dutt

Toru Dutt, born on March 4, 1856, in Kolkata, India, was a translator, poet, and essayist. She is the author of Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan (Kegan Paul, Trench & Co., 1882) and Le Journal de Mademoiselle d’Arvers (Didier, 1879), the first novel written by an Indian writer in French. A prolific translator, she published A Sheaf Gleaned in French Fields (C. Kegan Paul & Co., 1877), a book of over three hundred French poems translated into English. She died on August 30, 1877, at the age of twenty-one.