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Mukerji, Dhan Gopal

Born: 1890 AD
Died: 1936 AD
Nationality: Indian
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1890 – Born on July 6th in a jungle village called Kajangal near Calcutta, India, to Kissori and Bhuban Mukerji on the 6th of July, of the Brahmin priest class.

1904 – At the age of 14, Mukerji entered the Brahmin priesthood.

1908 – After returning home and beginning his priestly duties, he gave up on his family’s tradition and went to school. He studied at the University of Calcutta.

1909 – He relocated to Japan and studied at the University of Tokyo.

1910 – At the age of 19, Mukerji moved to the United States and attended the University of California, Berkeley for three years.

1914 – He earned his graduate degree from Stanford University then taught for a short time at Stanford as a lecturer in the field of comparative literature. In the same year, he wrote with Mary Carloyn Davies Chintamini: A Symbolic Drama, adapted from a play by Girish C. Ghose.

1916 – He wrote the play Layla-Majnu. In the same year, he wrote the poetry
collections Rajani: Songs of the night.
1917 – He also wrote the poetry collections Sandhya: Songs of Twilight.

1918 – He married Ethel Ray Dugan, an American teacher and they had a son, Dhan Gopal II.

         – After World War I, he returned to India and dedicated himself to promoting greater awareness of his country’s many different cultures.

         – He was a member of the Indian independence movement.

1922 – He wrote the play The Judgement of India and his first book for children Kari, the Elephant.

1923 – He published his autobiography, Caste and Outcast. In the same year, he released his second children’s book, Jungle Beasts and Men.

1924 – Published My Brother’s Face and Hari, the Jungle Lad.

1926 – Published the novel The Secret Listeners of the East.

1927 – Mukerji published his most famous book, Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon.

1928 – Published A Son of Mother India Answers and Ghond, the Hunter, a sequel to Gay-Neck. Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon won the Newbery Medal.

1929 – Published his other children’s books Hindu Fables for Little Children and The Chief of the Herd.

1932 – He published The Master Monkey.

1934 – Published The Path of Prayer and Fierce-Face: The Story of a Tiger, his last work for children.

1936 – On the 14th of July, following a six-month nervous breakdown, he committed suicide by hanging himself in his New York City apartment.
2002 – A new edition of Caste and Outcast appeared in response to renewed academic interest.