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V.S. Naipaul

(1932-), Novelist

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

Sitter in 5 portraits
Trinidadian-born, of Indian descent, Naipaul's father was a journalist, giving him an early appreciation of reading and writing. On finishing school in Trinidad, he won a scholarship to study at Oxford University, where he met his future wife, critic and editor of his works, Patricia Ann Hale. His first novel The Mystic Masseur (1957) was followed by A House for Mr Biswas (1961), considered his most autobiographical and successful novel. Naipaul's literary themes include identity, exile and post-colonialism; he won the Booker Prize with In a Free State (1971). A prolific writer, he has published over thirty books in five decades. Knighted in 1990, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

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V.S. Naipaul, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P832

V.S. Naipaul

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

V.S. Naipaul, by Paul Emsley - NPG 6875

V.S. Naipaul

by Paul Emsley
oil on canvas, 2009
NPG 6875

V.S. Naipaul, by Derry Moore, 12th Earl of Drogheda - NPG x126965

V.S. Naipaul

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

V.S. Naipaul, by David Harrison - NPG x76055

V.S. Naipaul

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

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V.S. Naipaul

by Bill Brandt
bromide print, 1976
NPG x22450

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