V.S. Naipaul(1932-), Novelist
Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad ('V.S.') Naipaul
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Nobel Prize-winning writer, Naipaul, of Indian descent, was born in Trinidad. He graduated from Oxford University in 1953 where he also met his future wife Patricia Ann Hale who graduated in the same year. The couple moved to London and were married the following year. 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. A prolific writer, he has published over thirty books during his literary career spanning over five decades. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
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