VS Naipaul


Trinidadian Authors & Artists

Date of Birth (DOB): 8/17/32
From: Trinidad and Tobago
Best Known for: Internationally reknown author.

Bio: Born Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul in Chaguanas, Trinidad to Indian Brahmin immigrants from Nothern India, Naipaul has been given critical acclaim for his literary works. His writings have observed cultures and spirituality in his native Trinidad, England where he lived for many years and some of the many places he has traveled to such as Africa. He studied left Trinidad to study at Oxford on a scholarship in 1950. After graduation he stayed on in England to work as a freelance writer. From 1954 to 1956 Naipaul was a broadcaster for the BBC's Caribbean Voices. A House for Mr. Biswas written in1961 is the tale of the search for independence and identity of a Brahmin Indian living in Trinidad and is considered to be his masterpiece. Naipaul draws from his experiences and travels in this book as in his others. Naipaul has lived in England since the 1950’s but has traveled extensively. Other notable works are THE ENIGMA OF ARRIVAL (1987) and AMONG THE BELIEVERS: AN ISLAMIC JOURNEY (1981). In 1990, Naipaul was knighted by the Royal family.

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