Below are listed the people who have made the Clay Sanskrit Library
possible, including those involved in editing and translating
volumes. Please click on the volume titles for more information
John P. Clay
was born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1934. In 1957 John graduated from Oxford University with first class honours in Sanskrit, Avestan and Old Persian. He went on to a long career in global investment banking with Vickers da Costa, New York, the London Stock Exchange and then with Clay Finlay, Inc.
In 1999 he decided to give enduring patronage to his real passion: Sanskrit literature. His vision was to create a series that would make the classics available to the general public for the first time. John lived in New York City with his wife Jennifer, until his passing in June of 2013.
(Photograph by Nora Feller http://www.norafeller.com/)
Jennifer Coutts Clay
John’s wife and co-founder of the Clay Sanskrit Library (CSL), is an aviation specialist. She is the author of Jetliner Cabins, described as: “The first and only comprehensive study of commercial aircraft design … “ (Air Transport World) ; “A must-read …” (Airliner World) ; “A commercial perspective of the aviation business in the past and present …” (The Hindu) . The third edition of the work, an E-book app containing about 130,000 words and more than 4,000 images, is available on Amazon, Apple iTunes® and Google Play™.
Jennifer held senior positions at British Airways and Pan American; and she was a certified consultant to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. As Principal of J. Clay Consulting, she has worked with short-haul and long-haul airlines, design specialists, legal firms and aviation suppliers. Jennifer’s published articles on aircraft interiors have appeared in numerous industry magazines; she is a founding member of the Pan Am Historical Foundation Museum, and she serves on the Concorde Advisory Committee at the INTREPID Sea, Air & Space Museum, New York City. More information on www.jetlinercabins.com/
The John Clay Sanskrit Librarian
Dr Camillo A. Formigatti
The Clay Sanskrit Library (CSL) is proud to announce the appointment of The John Clay Sanskrit Librarian at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.
Camillo A. Formigatti has a doctorate in Indology from the University of Hamburg and previously worked as Research Associate on the Sanskrit Manuscripts Project at the University of Cambridge.
Dr Formigatti is compiling an anthology of the world of Sanskrit literature brought to life in the Clay Sanskrit Library series. The volume will be illustrated and enriched with images showcasing the ancient manuscript heritage of South Asia as represented in the collections of the Bodleian Library. He is also responsible for the pilot programme of the digital version of the CSL titles (eCSL), the development of the CSL website and the preparation of a survey of the uncatalogued Sanskrit manuscripts kept in the Bodleian Library.
Digital Clay Sanskrit Library (eCSL)
INFORMATION ABOUT CSL PEOPLE 1999 – 2010.
General Editor Emeritus
Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Indological Studies, Kyoto University, Japan.The Little Clay Cart by Śūdraka
Reader in Sanskrit, La Trobe University, Melbourne.Love Lyrics by Amaru, Bhartṛhari & Bilhaṇa
Maha·bhárata XIV: The Horse Sacrifice
Maha·bhárata I: The Beginning (volume three of three)
Michael Coulson (1936-1975) taught Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Sanskrit: an introduction to the classical language
and Three Sanskrit plays
, translated with an introduction.Rákshasa’s Ring by Viśākhadatta
Málati and Mádhava by Bhavabhūti
Linda Covill translates and edits Sanskrit literature for the JJC Foundation, co-publishers (with NYU Press) of the Clay Sanskrit Library.
Wolfson College, Oxford.Handsome Nanda by Aśvaghoṣa
Lecturer in Sanskrit, Department of the Languages and Cultures of South Asia,
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Senior Lecturer in Buddhist Studies, Department of Study of Religions, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Maha·bhárata X-XI: Dead of Night & The Women
Maha·bhárata XII Peace (volumes one & two of five)
Csaba Dezső is Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit in the Department of Indo-European Linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest.Much Ado About Religion by Bhaṭṭa JayantaThe Quartet of Causeries by Śyāmilaka, Vararuci, Śūdraka & Īśvaradatta
The Bawd’s Counsel by Dāmodaragupta
The Parrot’s Seventy Tales by Cintāmaṇi Bhaṭṭa
Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit, University of Edinburgh.
The Slaying of Shishu·pala by Māgha
Robert P. Goldman
Robert P. Goldman is Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. He is director and general editor of the massive translation project of the critical edition of Valmíki’s Ramáyana
and has also translated Book Five, Súndara
, with Sally P. Goldman, with whom he has co-authored Deva·vani·pravéshika: An Introduction to the Sanskrit Language
.Ramáyana I: Boyhood by VālmīkiRamáyana V: Súndara by Vālmīki
Ramáyana VI: War (two volumes) by Vālmīki
Sally J. Sutherland Goldman
Sally J. Sutherland Goldman is Lecturer in Sanskrit, University of California at Berkeley.
She and Robert P. Goldman together wrote Deva·vani·pravéshika: An Introduction to the Sanskrit Language
.Ramáyana V: Súndara by Vālmīki
Ramáyana VI: War (two volumes) by Vālmīki
Ramáyana VII: The Final Chapter by Vālmīki
Dominic Goodall is Head of the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO).
The Bawd’s Counsel by Dāmodaragupta
Raghu’s Lineage (two volumes) by Kālidāsa
Friedhelm Hardy (1943–2004) was Professor of Indian Religions at King’s College London. He is the author of The Religious Culture of India: Power, Love and Wisdom
and Viraha-Bhakti: The Early History of Kṛṣṇa Devotion in South India.Seven Hundred Elegant Verses by Govardhana
Robert A. Hueckstedt
Professor, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia.
The Deeds of King Harsha by Bāṇa
Harunaga Isaacson is Professor of Indology, University of Hamburg.
Raghu’s Lineage (two volumes) by Kālidāsa
William J. Johnson
William J. Johnson is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Cardiff University. He is the author of The Sauptikaparvan of the Mahābhārata: The Massacre at Night
and The Bhagavadgītā
, translated with an introduction and notes.Maha·bhárata III: The Forest (volume four of four)
Maha·bhárata III: The Forest (volume one of four)
Director of Tibetan Religious Studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Paris) and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Chicago.The Rise of Wisdom Moon by Kṛṣṇamiśra
Rosalind Lefeber is Lecturer Emerita in Sanskrit at the University of Toronto.Ramáyana IV: Kishkíndha by Vālmīki
Indira Peterson is Professor of Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College.
The Hunter and the Hero by Bhāravi
Vaughan Pilikian translates and edits Sanskrit literature for the JJC Foundation, co-publishers (with NYU Press) of the Clay Sanskrit Library.
MA (Cantab) in Classics 1996; MPhil (Oxon) Sanskrit 2001; Frank Knox Scholar (Harvard) 2001-3. Poetry: At Eclipse (2002). Films: Actaeon (2003), Mummers (2003) and The Curse Map (2004).Maha·bhárata VII: Drona (volume one of four)
Maha·bhárata VII: Drona (volumes three to four of four)Maha·bhárata VII: Drona (volume two of four)
Velcheru Narayana Rao
Velcheru Narayana Rao is Krishnadevaraya Professor of Languages and Cultures of Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison.How Úrvashi Was Won by Kālidāsa
Tamar Reich is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Florida.
Maha·bhárata XV-XVIII: Final Departures
David Smith is Reader in Indian Religions at Lancaster University. He is the author of Ratnákaras Hara·víjaya: An Introduction to the Sanskrit Court Epic
, The Dance of Siva: Religion, Art and Poetry in South India
and Hinduism and Modernity
.Princess Kadámbari (volume one of three) by Bāṇa
Triumph of Shiva by RatnākaraThe Birth of Kumára by Kālidāsa
Princess Kadámbari (volumes two and three of three) by Bāṇa
Gary Tubb is Professor in South Asian Languages & Civilizations, University of Chicago. He is the author of Scholastic Sanskrit: A Handbook For Students
, published in 2007.
In the Court of King Bhoja by Ballāla
Somadeva Vasudeva is Assistant Professor in Sanskrit at Columbia University, New York.
MA (London) in Sanskrit and Prakrit 1993; DPhil (Oxon) 2000; Institut Français, Pondicherry, 1998 to 2000.Three Satires by Nīlakaṇṭha, Kṣemendra, and BhallaṭaThe Recognition of Shakúntala by KālidāsaThe Quartet of Causeries by Śyāmilaka, Vararuci, Śūdraka & Īśvaradatta
Lyrical Verse Explained
Moonlight of Glory by Someśvaradeva
Nava·sahasánka and the Serpent Princess by Padmagupta
Twenty-four Chronicles (two volumes) by Merutuṅga
Paul Wilmot translates and edits Sanskrit literature for the JJC Foundation, co-publishers (with NYU Press) of the Clay Sanskrit Library.
BA (Oxon) Sanskrit and Tibetan 2003; MSt (Oxon) Oriental Studies 2004.Maha·bhárata II: The Great Hall
Maha·bhárata I: The Beginning (volume two of three)
Mani Shankar Aiyar
Mani Shankar Aiyar is a former member of Lok Sabha and has held several Union Cabinet ministerial positions in Petroleum & Natural Gas, Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs & Sports and Development of North Eastern Region. He is the author of several books. His latest book, A Time of Transition: Rajiv Gandhi to the 21st Century, was published by Penguin Books India in 2009.
U.R. Ananthamurthy is a leading writer and critic. He was the winner of Jnanpith award in 1994 and was former President of the Sahitya Akademi. His prolific works encompass many genres, including novels, short stories, plays, poems and essays.
Partha Chatterjee is Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. His most recent publications include A Princely Impostor? The Strange and Universal History of the Kumar of Bhawal (2003) and The Politics of the Governed: Popular Politcs in Most of the World (2004).
Gurcharan Das, former CEO of Procter & Gamble India, is author of the international bestseller India Unbound: From Independence to the Global Information Age as well as several plays, a novel, and numerous essays and countless columns.
Anita Desai is a Booker-nominated novelist of many works, including Fire on the Mountain and The Village by the Sea.
Ranajit Guha is the founding editor of Subaltern Studies and author of History at the Limit of World-History (2002), Dominance without Hegemony: History and Power in Colonial India (1997), and Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India (1999).
Girish Karnad is not only a celebrated playwright, but also a poet, actor, director, critic, translator and cultural administrator. He has written eight major plays, of which "Tughlaq" is the most famous, as well as working on many popular and art films as actor, director and/or scriptwriter.
Sudipta Kaviraj is Professor of South Asian Politics in the Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Culture at Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books on South Asian society, culture and history, including The Unhappy Consciousness (1993), and has edited Politics in India (1998) and co-edited (with Sunil Khilnani) Civil Society: History and Possibilities (2000).
J.N. Mohanty is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Temple University. His latest book, Essays on Consciousness and Interpretation (Edited with an Introduction by Tara Chatterjee), will be published by OUP India in June 2009.
Kiran Nagarkar is an award-winning novelist, playwright and critic. His latest novel, God’s Little Soldier, has been published in many languages.
Gieve Patel trained as a doctor before he became established as an artist. He has written books of poetry, plays and held several exhibitions of his paintings internationally.
Amartya Sen is a Nobel laureate and currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous publications, including Development as Freedom.
Romila Thapar is Professor Emerita of Ancient Indian History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is the author of numerous books on Indian history, including Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300 (Penguin, 2002).
Ridi Faruque (Our former administrator)
Chris Gibbons (Our former administrator)
Astrid Johnston + Jai Redden
ast & red (our former web developer)
Isabelle Onians is a translator and editor of Sanskrit literature for the JJC Foundation, co-publishers (with NYU Press) of the Clay Sanskrit Library.
BA (London) in Greek and Latin 1994; MPhil (Oxon) in Classical Indian Religions 1996; Leader, Tibet 2000 expedition (Oxford and Royal Geographic Society); DPhil (Oxon) 2002; Gonda Fellow (Leiden) 2004.What Ten Young Men Did by Daṇḍin
“A Bawd’s Life” and “The Ornamental Onion” by Kṣemendra & Harijīvanamiśra
The Magical Vine of the Bodhi·sattva’s Many Lives by Kṣemendra