R.K. Narayan Biography

R. K. Narayan, full name Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami, was an Indian writer, best known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He is one of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English, and is credited with bringing the genre to the rest of the world.

Narayan broke through with the help of his mentor and friend, Graham Greene, who 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. Narayan’s works also include The Financial Expert, hailed as one of the most original works of 1951, and Sahitya Akademi Award winner The Guide, which was adapted for film and for Broadway.

The setting for most of Narayan's stories is the fictional town of Malgudi, first introduced in Swami and Friends. His narratives highlight social context and provide a feel for his characters through everyday life. He has been compared to William Faulkner, who also created a fictional town that stood for reality, brought out the humour and energy of ordinary life, and displayed compassionate humanism in his writing. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
R.K. Narayan
Full Name:
Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami
Nationality:
England
Profession:
Writer, Novelist
Ethnicity:
Tamil, Iyer
Religion:
Hinduism
Date of Birth:
October 10, 1906
Astrological Sign:
Date of Death:
May 13, 2001
Age at Death:
94
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