Charting half a lifetime spent exploring the written word, these eleven articles include Naipaul's boyhood experiences of reading books and his first youthful efforts at writing them; the evolution of his ideas about the extent to which individual cultures shape identities and influence literary forms; Naipaul's observations on Conrad, his literary forebear; the moving preface he wrote to the only book his father ever published; and his reflections on his career, ending with his celebrated Nobel lecture `Two Worlds'. A remarkable companion piece to The Writer and the World, Naipaul's previous volume of highly-acclaimed essays, Literary Occasions is a stirring contribution to the fading art of the critic, and a revelation of a life in letters.
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He is the award-winning author of more than fourteen works of fiction, including The Mystic Masseur, A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River and Half a Life, and twelve works of non-fiction, including the acclaimed Indian trilogy comprising An Area of Darkness, India: A Wounded Civilization and India: A Million Mutinies Now . In 1990, V. S. Naipaul received a knighthood for services to literature; in 1993, he was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize in recognition of a 'lifetime's achievement of a living British writer'. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. He lives in Wiltshire.