R. K. Narayan

writer of Indian English literature

1906   -   2001

country of citizenship: British Raj, India
educated at: Maharaja's College, Mysore, University of Mysore
occupation: writer, novelist, screenwriter, politician
award received: Padma Vibhushan in literature & education, Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Akademi Award, Filmfare Award for Best Story
position held: member of the Rajya Sabha
influenced by: Graham Greene

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001), was an Indian writer known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He was a leading author of early Indian literature in English along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao. Narayan's mentor and friend Graham Greene was instrumental in getting publishers for Narayan’s first four books including the semi-autobiographical trilogy of Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher. The fictional town of Malgudi was first introduced in Swami and Friends. Narayan’s The Financial Expert was hailed as one of the most original works of 1951 and Sahitya Akademi Award winner The Guide was adapted for film and for Broadway. Narayan highlights the social context and everyday life of his characters. He has been compared to William Faulkner who also created a similar fictional town and likewise explored with humour and compassion the energy of ordinary life. Narayan's short stories have been compared with those of Guy de Maupassant because of his ability to compress a narrative. In a career that spanned over sixty years Narayan received many awards and honours including the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature, the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, India's third and second highest civilian awards. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of India's parliament.
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works

29

Grandmother's Tale

book by R. K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan
illustrator: R. K. Laxman

1992

Talkative Man

novel by R. K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan

1986

A Tiger for Malgudi

novel by Indian author R.K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan

1983

A Writer's Nightmare

collection of essays by R. K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan

1988

The World of Nagaraj

novel by Indian author R.K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan

1990

Gods, Demons and Others

collection of short stories by R. K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan

1964

The Bachelor of Arts

novel by Indian author R. K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan

1937

Malgudi Days

collection of short stories by R. K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan
illustrator: R. K. Laxman

1943

Mr. Sampath – The Printer of Malgudi

novel by Indian author R.K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan

1948

My Dateless Diary

book by R. K. Narayan

author: R. K. Narayan

1960

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