The late, eminent scholar Phya Anuman Rajadhon has secured a highly respected status in Thai society despite his death 25 years ago. Shunning the limelight and power in favour of a humble life, Phya Anuman is still remembered as a true Renaissance man and elite scholar, in contrast to his background from a poor Chinese immigrant family.
Phya Anuman Rajadhon: Praj Samachone Phu Nayramit Kwam Pen Thai By Professor Saichol Satayanurak 256pp 2013 Matichon 230 baht In Thai
The subject of an important if lopsided new work of literary criticism, he was an autodidactic linguist and gifted translator who contributed greatly to local culture and the field of scholastic study. Phya Anuman wrote more than 200 books and many more essays on various cultural subjects, from history and religion to language and especially folklore.
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