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Mumbai: Eunice de Souza, poet and literature professor, passes away


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Eunice de Souza, a noted poet and teacher of English literature, and a novelist passed away at her Mumbai residence, early on Saturday morning. She was 77. Eunice was a professor at St Xavier’s college in Mumbai and wrote columns in a city daily.

Eunice graduated from Mumbai University and then did her Masters from the Marquette University in Wisconsin. She also served as the head of the department of English Literature at St Xavier’s and is known to have inspired many students.

Born in 1940 in Pune, Eunice wrote five collections of poems, two novels and also edited several anthologies. She is best known for her style which was scathing in tone and characterised by sharp lines. She was also involved in theatre, both as actress and director. She began writing novels with Dangerlok in 2001. She has also written four children’s books.


Fix. (1979)

Women in Dutch Painting. (1988)

Ways of Belonging. (1990)

Selected and New Poems. (1994)


Dangerlok. (Penguin, 2001)

Dev & Simran: A Novel. (Penguin, 2003)