This book is a volume in the Penn Press Anniversary Collection. To mark its 125th anniversary in 2015, the University of Pennsylvania Press rereleased more than 1,100 titles from Penn Press's distinguished backlist from 1899-1999 that had fallen out of print. Spanning an entire century, the Anniversary Collection offers peer-reviewed scholarship in a wide range of subject areas.
Ernest Bender received his A.B. degree in classics from Temple University and his Ph.D. degree in Indology from the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been a member of the faculty in the Oriental Studies and South Asia Regional Studies departments since 1943.
"An excellent introductory text by an experienced teacher. . . . Although primarily a textbook, it s contemporaneity and the fact that it is in the generally accepted system of Romanization probably make it a more generally useful reference for the nonspecialist."—Choice