R.K. Narayan
R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India in 1906 and was educated there and at Maharaja’s College in Mysore. He is perhaps most famous for his novels based in the fictional territory of Malgudi. These include his first novel, Swami and Friends (1935); The Financial Expert (1952); The Vendor of Sweets (1967); and The Painter of Signs (1976). The Guide (1958) won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy. As well as four collections of short stories he has also published two travel books, two volumes of essays and three retold legends including The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. In 1980 he was awarded the A.C. Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature and in 1982 was made Honorary Member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He died in May 2001.
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