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V.S. Naipaul (1932-), Novelist

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad ('V.S.') Naipaul

Sitter in 5 portraits
A Nobel Prize-winning writer, Naipaul was born in Trinidad, coming to England in 1960 to study at Oxford University. His first novel The Mystic Masseur (1957) was followed by A House for Mr Biswas (1961). Naipaul's literary themes include exile and displacement; he won the Booker Prize with In a Free State in 1971. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.

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V.S. Naipaul

by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 16 July 1979
NPG P832


V.S. Naipaul

by Paul Emsley
oil on canvas, 2009
NPG 6875


V.S. Naipaul

by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda
bromide fibre print, 1972
NPG x126965


V.S. Naipaul

by David Harrison
C-type colour print, 1994
NPG x76055


V.S. Naipaul

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1976
NPG x22450