AKHTAR HUSAIN RAIPURI (1912-1992) was a polyglot and a man of diverse interests. His article "Adab aur Zindagi" is considered seminal in elaborating the theory and fundamentals of literary criticism in Urdu and had a profound influence in charting the course of Progressive writing. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Paris and traveled in many countries as a representative of UNESCO.