VIDIADHAR   SURAJPRASAD   NAIPAUL

DATE OF BIRTH: August 17, 1932
PLACE OF BIRTH: Chaguanas, Trinidad
EDUCATION:
  • Tranquillity Government School
  • Queen's Royal College
  • Oxford University, England (1950-53, B.A. in Literature)
  • CAREER:                                 Naipaul's family moved to St. James, Port-of-Spain, when he was 6 years old. In 1948, he was awarded a government scholarship and left Trinidad in 1950 to study abroad. Following his graduation from University College, Oxford University, in 1953, he worked as a freelance writer while hosting the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) program "Caribbean Voices" from 1954 to 1956. He also was a regular fiction reviewer for the literary journal, The New Statesman, between 1957 and 1961, and later became a British citizen. In 1990, Naipaul was knighted by the Queen of England. In October 2001, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature ($943,000 US). In announcing its decision, the Swedish (Nobel) Academy singled out Naipaul's 1987 autobiographical novel, "The Enigma of Arrival," for its "unrelenting image of the placid collapse of the old colonial ruling culture and the demise of European neighborhoods." The following is a listing of the books written by Naipaul:
    • 1957 - The Mystic Masseur
    • 1958 - The Suffrage of Elvira
    • 1959 - Miguel Street
    • 1961 - A House for Mr. Biswas
    • 1962 - The Middle Passage: Impressions of Five Societies
    • 1963 - Mr. Stone and The Knights Companion
    • 1964 - An Area of Darkness
    • 1967 - The Mimic Men; A Flag on The Island
    • 1970 - The Loss of El Dorado
    • 1971 - In A Free State
    • 1972 - The Overcrowded Barracoon
    • 1975 - Guerrillas
    • 1977 - India: A Wounded Civilization
    • 1979 - A Bend in The River
    • 1980 - The Return of Eva Peron with The Killings in Trinidad
    • 1981 - Among The Believers
    • 1984 - Finding The Center
    • 1987 - The Enigma of Arrival
    • 1989 - A Turn in The South
    • 1990 - India: A Million Mutinies Now
    • 1994 - A Way in The World
    • 1998 - Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among The Converted Peoples
    • 2001 - Half a Life
    • 2004 - Magic Seeds
    AWARDS:
    • 1970 - Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Gold (for Literature)
    • 1989 - Trinidad & Tobago Trinity Cross (for Literature)
    • 1990 - Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of England
    • 2001 - Nobel Prize for Literature
    Compiled by Ronald C. Emrit