Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904) was an English author, scholar, and journalist, perhaps best known for his blank-verse epic poem The Light of Asia (1879), which described in elaborate poetic language, the life and teachings of Gautama Buddha. The Light of Asia was an immediate success, going through several editions, but also attacked by some for its alleged distortion of Buddhist doctrine and for its tolerant attitude toward a non-Christian religion. Besides other volumes of poetry, he wrote a number of picturesque travel books and translated Asian literature. After serving as principal of the government college in Pune, India, he joined (1861) the staff of the London Daily Telegraph, where he became chief editor in 1873. He was knighted in 1888.