Edward J Thompson with Mahatma Gandhi in Oxford.
Faced with a choice between banking and missionary work, Edward John Thompson, (E. P. Thompson's father), chose the latter. He was not well suited to the work, but he became deeply involved with Indian life on many levels and over many decades. His prolific writings included poetry, novels, history and politics, and his enthusiasm for Indian culture and politics brought him into contact with many of the country’s leading statesmen and artists. Upon returning from India he settled in Oxford where he translated and taught Bengali.
For a list of books written by and about E. J. Thompson see his publications page.
E.J. Thompson 1886 - 1946
From left to right: EP, EJ, Theo and Frank Thompson.