The Dictionary aims at presenting in a systematic form, the bio-biblio and critical appraisal of creative writers of Indian English Literature. It contains authentic, up-to-date, and formulated information in the MLA style about over 4000 creative writers of Indian English. Besides Indian men-of-letters, it also includes authors of the girmit diaspora and their progeny in Barbados, Caribbean Region, East Africa, Fiji, Guyana, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritius, South Africa, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere and the Green Card diaspora all over the world and non-Indians inspired by Indian life and culture. The authors of the Himalayan states of Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim also find a place in it. The editor and the literary advisors had to do a critical exercise in identifying a creative writer. On the basis of an objective criterion, it was resolved that an author who has made original contribution in any of the genres of literature, who has invited researches and critical writings on his or her works, who has been anthologized, published and reviewed in academic journals and listed in standard reference tools, should be deemed to be a creative writer. It has been our endeavor to identify creative writers of past and present.
A distinctive feature of the Dictionary is its eight appendices that reflect upon the status of Indian English at home and abroad. Besides Indian universities, 89 some foreign universities promote researches in Indian English literature. Its authors brought laurels by receiving most of the lit awards ranging from Agatha Award to Writer’s Guild Best Book Award and have made their presence felt at all lit fests. A literary reviewer has classed it as a monumental work that would make it valuable reference book and research tool for years to come.