Even though Bankim Chandra had attempted to write the first English with his the English Novel by Indian writers came of age with three stalwarts -Mulk Raj Anand, Raja Rao and R.K. Narayan. All of them have to their credit a corpus or creative fiction of sufficient bulk to merit serious study Mulk raj Anand’s most famous novels are Untouchable, Coolie and Two Leaves and A Bud. Like Bulzak and Zola and like Tegore and Aurobindo, he wrote realistic fiction. He presented those trodden people, Munoos and the Gangus who were the targets of exploitation and cast – system. The novel of R.K. Narayan, on the other hand, presents ordinary Indian Life, in all its joy and sorrow with a rich vein of humor and pathos, in limpit prose. Like Hardy’s Wessex, he chooses the locality of Malgudi for his background, though it is actually an everywhere, among his novels are The Guide, the financial Expert, Swami and friends and Bachelor of Arts. Raja Rao has a wider range than either Anand or Narayan. His First novel Kanthapura, is an old woman’s narration of the Upheaval and the spirit of unity against the British in pre – independence days. It recounts the spiritual experience of Rama who goes on scholarship to France roams around the world, marries a French woman Madeline, loves another, Savithri, and goes through a spiritual crisis.
As far as the tradition of poetry is concerned, after Derozio and Taru Dutt it was the turn of Sarojini Naidu to enchant with her sheer lyricism. In her early poem she tried to catch and reproduced in English the lyric and atmosphere of folk songs. Her collection of poems includes The Golden Threshold and The Feathers of the Down. Of the “new” poets Dom Morales is famous the confession cast of his poetry especially John Nobody. Nissim Ezeniel’s poems are splendidly evocative and satisfyingly sensuous. The poems in A Time to Change he is painfully and poignantly aware of the flesh, its insistent urges as well as its filiations’ worth the mind. Among other well-known poets writing in English are P. Lal, P. K. S. Saha, Kamala Das etc.