V.S. Naipaul (born 1932)

V.S. Naipaul

An index to material on the Trinidad-born writer from the CRB archive and elsewhere online. Return to main subject index here.

From the CRB

Finding his centre, by Jeremy Taylor (review of The World Is What It Is: The Authorised Biography of V.S. Naipaul, by Patrick French, and The Strange Luck of V.S. Naipaul, directed by Adam Low), November 2008

A way in his world, by Melissa Richards (interview with Naipaul’s biographer Patrick French), August 2008

What Vidia saw, by Brendan de Caires (review of A Writer’s People: Ways of Looking and Feeling), February 2008

To make you see, by Garnette Cadogan (short essay on Naipaul’s non-fiction), August 2007

Shadowing Sir Vidia (“Reading list” essay covering books with biographical information on Naipaul), August 2007

Stuck on the beanstalk, by Judy Raymond (review of Magic Seeds), November 2004

Enigma of enigmas, by Jeremy Taylor (review of Literary Occasions; The Enigma of V.S. Naipaul, by Helen Hayward; V.S. Naipaul, 2nd edition, by Bruce King; and V.S. Naipaul, by Fawzia Mustafa), May 2004

Other resources

“Man without a country”, essay on Naipaul by Joseph O’Neill, published in The Atlantic, September 2011

“V.S. Naipaul: the writer as ‘last free man’”, by Nicholas Laughlin, published in The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, 2011

“Guerrilla”, a profile of Naipaul by Jeremy Taylor, published in Caribbean Beat, January/February 2002

“Two Worlds”, Naipaul’s 2001 Nobel Prize lecture

Video of an interview with Naipaul by Horace Engdahl, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, 2001

Paris Review interview with Naipaul (“The Art of Fiction No. 154”), Fall 1998

Conversations with V.S. Naipaul, edited by Feroza F. Jussawalla (selected contents available via Google Books), 1997

Video of an interview with Naipaul by Jeremy Isaacs broadcast on BBC TV, 1994

Audio interview with Naipaul’s biographer Patrick French by Nicha Selvon-Ramkissoon, from the Spaces between Words podcast series, hosted by the literatures in English programme, University of the West Indies, St Augustine

V.S. Naipaul’s rules for beginners, compiled for writers at Tehelka magazine, posted at the India Uncut blog

V.S. Naipaul entry at Wikipedia

V.S. Naipaul page at the British Council’s Contemporary Writers site

Partial transcript of a seminar given by Naipaul at Fatima College, Port of Spain, Trinidad, 1974, at the Banyan Ltd. site