V.S. Naipaul

Novelist, Author

1932 –

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Who is V.S. Naipaul?

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad "V. S." Naipaul, TC is a Trinidadian-British writer of Indo-Trinidadian heritage of Bhumihar Brahmin known for his novels focusing on the legacy of the British Empire's colonialism. He has also written works of non-fiction, such as travel writing and essays.

In 2001, Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He has been awarded numerous other literary prizes, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Hawthornden Prize, the WH Smith Literary Award, the Booker Prize, the Jerusalem Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British Literature.

J. M. Coetzee, writing in The New York Review of Books in 2001, described Naipaul as "a master of modern English prose". In 2008, The Times ranked Naipaul seventh on their list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

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Born
Aug 17, 1932
Chaguanas
Also known as
  • Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
  • V. S. Naipau
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Religion
  • Hinduism
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • Trinidad and Tobago
Profession
Education
  • University College, Oxford
  • University of Oxford
  • Queen's Royal College
Lived in
  • Trinidad and Tobago

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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