A Simple Malay Reader – Richard Winstedt (1952)


A Simple Malay Reader – Richard Winstedt (1952)


Title: A Simple Malay Reader, with an English Translation for Home Students

Author: Sir Richard Winstedt

Publisher: Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1952. Second edition.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket in plastic sleeve. Fair. Dust jacket and several pages restored and reattached with white bookbinder’s paper. Pages tanned and slightly foxed, especially endpapers. Binding sound, text unmarked. 138pp., app 7″x4″.

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A textbook for students of the Malay language, with a collection of short stories or prose descriptions in Malay, followed by a glossary, and then English translations.

About the author (from Wikipedia):

He served as first President of Raffles College, Singapore, 1928-1931. During his presidency, he also served as acting Secretary to the High Commissioner, 1923; Director of Education, Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States (FMS), and member of Legislative Council, Straits Settlements, 1924–1931; member of the FMS Federal Council, 1927-1931.

After a term as General Adviser to Johore, 1931–1935, Winstedt retired from the Malayan Civil Service and was appointed lecturer, then reader, and ultimately Honorary Fellow, in Malay at the School of Oriental Studies, where he also served as a member of the Governing Body, 1939-1959. During World War II, he broadcast in Malay to Japanese-occupied Malaya. He retired from active teaching in 1946.

Winstedt served on numerous boards and advisory groups, most notably the Royal Asiatic Society of which he was repeatedly the president and a Gold Medallist in 1947; the Association of British Malaya, of which he was president in 1938; the Colonial Office Advisory Committee on Education, 1936–1939; and the Royal India Society. He was a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Member of Southeast Asia Institute, Royal Batavian Society, and Kon Instituut voor TaalLanden Volkenkunde.