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Naipaul's Truth: The Making of a Writer
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Naipaul's Truth: The Making of a Writer

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Naipaul's Truth: The Making of a Writer

Lillian Feder

Lillian Feder is Distinguished Professor Emerita of English, Classics, and Comparative Literature, Graduate School, The City University of New York. She lives in New York City. She is the author of The Handbook of Classical Literature, Ancient Myth in Modern Poetry, and Madness in Literature.

Naipaul's Truth: The Making of a Writer
V. S. Naipaul once described his purpose as an author as nothing less than a "commitment to deliver the truth." One of the world's greatest, and most controversial, living writers, he has written extensively about the enduring economic, cultural, and psychological effects of colonialism, particularly its assaults on individual identity. In Naipaul's Truth, Lillian Feder, noted author of several classic works of literary criticism, explores Naipaul's writings to deliver an original and beautifully written analysis of her subject. Feder describes Naipaul's methods for discovering the truth about himself and the world he explores, and she concludes that Naipaul's literature has rightfully earned a place in the upper echelons of the modern canon. Simultaneously an intellectual biography and a revealing psychological portrait of the artist, Naipaul's Truth is a masterpiece of literary biography.

"It is hard to be fair to V. S. Naipaul's books: they challenge readers in contentiousness. A neutral or disinterested reading seems pointless. Most critics of Naipaul think they must hand down a political verdict. Lillian Feder never forgets that the novels are works of art or they are nothing. She engages with Naipaul's political essays and examines their relation to the corresponding fictions. Immensely helpful work, this. I hope that readers will learn from her patience and from the quality and force of her intelligence."

– Denis Donoghue, University Professor
and Henry James Chair of English
and American Letters, New York University.

 

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