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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

(b. 1927)


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(1927– ),

novelist, born in Germany, the daughter of a Polish Jewish solicitor; she came to England in 1939 as a refugee. In 1951 she married an Indian architect, and subsequently lived for twenty‐four years in India. The novels Esmond in India (1958), A New Dominion (1973), and Heat and Dust (1975, Booker Prize) all reflect her mingled affection for and impatience with her adopted country and show intimate knowledge of the lives of both Indian and European families. She published volumes of short stories and wrote several original screenplays, including Shakespeare‐Wallah (1965) and adaptations of E. M. Forster's A Room with a View and Howards End. In 1975 she moved to New York, where her novel In Search of Love and Beauty (1983) is set.

Subjects: Literature.


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