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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born in Germany of Polish parents and
came to England in 1939 at the age of twelve. She graduated from Queen
Mary College, London University, and married an Indian architect. They
lived in Delhi from 1951 to 1975, and raised three daughters.
Since then they have divided their
time between Delhi, New York and London. Her published works include
novels, television and
scripts, many of which are set in India.
Her first collaboration with director James Ivory and producer Ismail
Merchant was 'Shakespearewallah'. She has also adapted such novels as
Henry James' The Europeans for Merchant-Ivory. In 1975, she won the
Prize for Heat and Dust, and has two Academy Awards for her
screenplays -- A Room with a View, and Howard's End. She is a frequent
contributor to the New Yorker.
- Silence, exile and cunning: the fiction of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Orient Longman Ltd., New Delhi, and Sangam Press Ltd., London 1983 (1989)
South Asian Women authors