V. S. Naipaul

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Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, TC (born 17 August 1932), commonly known as V. S. Naipaul and sometimes as Sir Vidia Naipaul, is a Trinidadian writer of Indian descent known for his novels set in developing countries. For these revelations of what the Swedish Academy called “suppressed histories,” Naipaul won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.[1] He has been called "a master of modern English prose."[2] He has been awarded numerous literary prizes including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (1958), the Somerset Maugham Award (1960), the Hawthornden Prize (1964), the W. H. Smith Literary Award (1968), the Booker Prize (1971), and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British Literature (1993).

In 2008, The Times ranked Naipaul seventh on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".[3]


Personal life

Naipaul was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago. He is the son, older brother, uncle, and cousin of published authors Seepersad Naipaul, Shiva Naipaul, Neil Bissoondath, and Vahni Capildeo, respectively. His current wife is Nadira Naipaul, a former Pakistani journalist.

Naipaul was married to Englishwoman Patricia Hale for 41 years, until her death due to cancer in 1996. The two shared a close relationship when it came to Naipaul's work—Pat was a sort of unofficial editor for Naipaul—according to the new, authorized biography by Patrick French (although Naipaul is cited with admitting his fear that his devotion to his writing and infidelities may have accelerated Pat's death).[4] As well as regularly visiting prostitutes in London, while she was at work as a school teacher, Naipaul often left her to spend time with his long-time also married mistress, Margaret Gooding. Patrick French has written that Naipaul subjected both wife and mistress to regular sessions of sexual and physical abuse.[5]

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