V. S. Naipaul

Standard Name: Naipaul, V. S.
Used Form: V. S. Naipul
Birth Name: Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul


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Education Antonia Fraser
She was, she said later, an idle and pleasure-bent student. She made at least two lifelong friends, Marigold Johnson and V. S. Naipaul .
Wroe, Nicholas. “The history woman”. The Guardian, pp. 16-19.
Gussow, Mel. “Antonia Fraser: The Lady Is a Writer”. New York Times.
Friends, Associates Diana Athill
DA 's various memoirs mention too many friends to list them all here. She became a good friend of some of her authors: Jean Rhys , for instance, and V. S. Naipaul (with whom there...
Friends, Associates Antonia Fraser
Among many other writers, her long-term friends include V. S. Naipaul , Edna O'Brien , Alison Lurie (an American who spends much of her time in London), and Emma Tennant (who read Mary, Queen of...
Intertextuality and Influence Meiling Jin
In the introduction to the book of poems that was her first publication, MJ noted that poetry was a form of expression that comes easier to me than most others. This state of affairs was...
Literary responses Diana Athill
Through her great age and greater panache DA became something of a cult figure. Edward Field wrote that she functioned for the British public as the Chief Guide to Old Age.
Field, Edward. “Edward Field’s Introduction”. Letters to a Friend, p. xi - xx.
She was awarded...
Literary responses Jane Austen
Some Austen news items are regrettable. In an interview with the Royal Geographical Society in June 2011, V.S. Naipaul , in asserting his own superiority to women writers (and claiming he could tell male from...
Literary responses Edna O'Brien
Literary reviews were generally positive. The Times of London praised EOB 's gift of quick, sensitive observation.
Book Review Digest. H. W. Wilson.
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In the New StatesmanV. S. Naipaul praised O'Brien for simply offer[ing] her characters, [who] come...
Publishing Diana Athill
DA 's contributions to various periodicals sometimes enlarge on Stet in describing famous writers and her publishing relationships with them. In 2000 she wrote for the TLS on Jean Rhys and for Granta on V. S. Naipaul
Reception Penelope Fitzgerald
Mollie Hardwick in Books and Bookmen pronounced this to be a delicate water-colour of a novel, small and charming.
“Contemporary Authors”. Gale Databases: Literature Resource Centre-LRC.
PF 's winning of the coveted, ten-thousand-pound Booker Prize for it suggests that others saw more...
Reception Penelope Fitzgerald
Biographer Hermione Lee announcing in early April 2010 that she was working on PF , with access to her papers, and, best of all, her library of books with their many personal annotations.
Lee, Hermione. “From the Margins: Hermione Lee on Penelope Fitzgerald”. The Guardian, pp. Review 1 - 3.
Textual Production Sybille Bedford
SB began reviewing for the New York Review of Books by 1963, and covered a wide range of genres: literary history (a book on Oscar Wilde ), fiction (Graham Greene ), travel writing (...
Textual Production Sybille Bedford
Reviewing V. S. Naipaul 's The Middle Passage a decade after the appearance of her own travel book, SB said: If writing is inseparable from the writer's quality of mind, travel writing is inseparable also...


1957: Colin MacInnes (son of novelist Angela Thirkell)...

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Colin MacInnes (son of novelist Angela Thirkell ) published the first of his three Londonnovels of the 1950s, City of Spades, a pioneering study of immigrant Black society in Britain.

30 May 1967: Colonel Emeka Ojukwu of Eastern Nigeria made...

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30 May 1967

Colonel Emeka Ojukwu of Eastern Nigeria made a unilateral declaration of independence on the part of the Ibo people, which set up the Republic of Biafra.


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