Derozio, Henry Louis Vivian

Derozio, Henry Louis Vivian (1809 - 1831)


Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, described by P. Lal as a "Calcutta Eurasian of Portuguese Indian ancestry," was born on April 18, 1809, and educated in a private English-speaking school in the Dharmatala or (today) Esplanade area around the Shahid Minar in Calcutta. A journalist who contributed verse to the India Gazette and brought out a book of English poetry, The Fakeer of Jungheera in 1828, Derozio by that year had joined Hindu College (founded in 1817, now Presidency College), Calcutta. Institutional outrage at his charismatic and radical, or rather open-minded, teaching caused him to resign in 1831. The College auditorium is today called Derozio Hall. He then established the East Indian daily newspaper but died shortly afterwards, on Dec. 26, 1831, of cholera.


  • Derozio, Henry Louis Vivian. The Fakeer of Jungheera: A Metrical Tale. Calcutta: Samuel Smith, 1828.
  • --. Poems. London: Oxford University Press, 1923.
  • --. Poems. Ed. P. Lal. Intro. Susobhan Sarkar. Pref. C. Paul Verghese. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 1972. PR 9480.9 .D38A17 1972 Robarts Library
  • Henry Louis Vivian Derozio (1808-1831), Anglo-Indian Patriot and Poet; A Memorial Volume. Ed. Mary Ann Das Gupta. Calcutta: Derozio Commemorative Committee, 1973. PR 9499.3 .D38Z6 Robarts Library
Given Name
Henry Louis Vivian
Family Name
Birth Date
April 18, 1809
Death Date
December 26, 1831
  • Teacher

  • Journalist

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First RPO Edition