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Eunice de Souza
Born Eunice de Souza
August 1, 1940
Pune, India
Died July 29, 2017
Mumbai, India

Eunice de Souza (1940 – 2017) was an Indian English language poet, literary critic and novelist. Among her notable books of poetry are Women in Dutch painting (1988), Ways of Belonging (1990), Nine Indian Women Poets (1997), These My Words (2012), and Learn From The Almond Leaf (2016). She published two novels, Dangerlok (2001), and Dev & SImran (2003), and was also the editor of a number of anthologies on poetry, folktales, and literary criticism.

Early life and education

Eunice de Souza was born and grew up in Pune, in a Goan Catholic family. She studied English literature with an MA from the Marquette University in Wisconsin, and a PhD from the University of Mumbai. She taught English at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, and was Head of the Department until her retirement. She was involved in the well-known literary festival Ithaka organized at the college. She was involved in theater, both as actress and director, and began writing novels with her first, Dangerlok, published in 2001. She also wrote four children's books.

She hints at an ancestral Portuguese conversion in the poem de Souza Prabhu:

No, I'm not going to
delve deep down and discover
I'm really de Souza Prabhu
even if Prabhu was no fool
and got the best of both worlds.
(Catholic Brahmin!
I can hear his fat chuckle still.)

Aside from poetry and fiction, de Souza edited numerous anthologies and collections and wrote a weekly column for the Mumbai Mirror. Her poetry is also included in Anthology of Contemporary Indian Poetry ( United States ).

She died on July 29, 2017.



  • Fix. (1979)
  • Women in Dutch Painting. (1988)
  • Ways of Belonging. (1990)
  • Selected and New Poems. (1994)
  • A Necklace Of Skulls. (2009)
  • Learn from the Almond Leaf (Poetrywala, 2016)


  • Dangerlok. (Penguin, 2001)
  • Dev & Simran: A Novel. (Penguin, 2003) review


  • Conversations with Indian Poets. (OUP, 2001)


  • Nine Indian Women Poets: An Anthology. (OUP, 2001)
  • 101 Folktales From India. (2004)
  • Purdah: An Anthology. (OUP, 2004)
  • Women's Voices: Selections from Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Indian Writing in English. (Co-edited with Lindsay Pereira, OUP, 2004) review
  • Early Indian Poetry in English: An Anthology 1829-1947. (OUP, 2005) review
  • The Satthianadhan Family Album. (Sahitya Akademi, 2005) review
  • These My Words: The Penguin Book of Indian Poetry (Co-edited with Melanie Silgardo, Penguin 2012)
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