Much has been written about Rabindranath Tagore, Leonard Elmhirst and the founding of Dartington. Besides the rich accounts in personal letters and books by the protagonists themselves, several biographers have sketched the different personalities and their achievements in considerable detail, drawing on collections in the Dartington and Santiniketan archives, as well as those of Cornell University. What emerges is a complex picture of personal friendships and collaboration across many frontiers – all at a time when ideas about international aid and development had not yet been thought of.

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