Hardback
June 7, 2006
9781570035876
English
184
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
.98 Pounds (US)
$39.99 USD
v2.1 Reference
Electronic book text
February 1, 2017
9781611178869
English
184
9.00 Inches (US)
6.00 Inches (US)
$39.99 USD
v2.1 Reference

V. S. Naipaul, Man And Writer

A survey of the life and work of the 2001 Nobel Laureate for Literature, V. S. Naipaul, Man and Writer introduces readers to the writer widely viewed as a curmudgeonly novelist who finds special satisfaction in overturning the vogue presuppositions of his peers. Gillian Dooley takes an expansive look at Naipaul's literary career, from Miguel Street to Magic Seeds. From readings of his fiction, nonfiction, travel books, and volumes of letters, she elucidates the connections between Naipaul's personal experiences as a Hindu Indian from Trinidad living an expatriate life and the precise, euphonious prose with which he is synonymous.

Dooley assesses each of Naipaul's major publications in light of his stated intentions and beliefs, and she traces the development of his writing style over a forty-year career. Devoting separate chapters to three of his chief works, A House for Mr. Biswas, In a Free State, and The Enigma of Arrival, she analyzes their critical reception and the primacy of Naipaul's specific narrative style and voice. Dooley emphasizes that it is, above all, Naipaul's refusal to compromise his vision in order to flatter or appease that has made him a controversial writer. At the same time she sees the integrity with which he reports his subjective response to the world as essential to the lasting success of his work.

About the Author

Gillian Dooley is a literary critic and librarian living in Adelaide, South Australia. A specialist in the study of Iris Murdoch, V. S. Naipaul, and Doris Lessing, she is the editor of From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction: Conversations with Iris Murdoch.

Reviews

"Naipaul's work, like the man, is formidable, often intimidating. Gillian Dooley, surmising that 'understanding Naipaul is a matter of empathizing, not theorizing,' stays clear of the demons that have long haunted the assessment of this Nobel laureate, an enigma of our times. Unwilling to hide behind thickets of jargon, Dooley delights the reader with honest insights and clear statements. Judicious and incisive, Dooley's volume is a rare combination of scholarly essay and pleasurable reading experience."—Pradyumna S. Chauhan, Arcadia University, and editor of Salman Rushdie Interviews: A Sourcebook of His Ideas

"Gillian Dooley brings us a refreshingly balanced and ideology-free survey of a formidable half century of Naipaul's work. Where many critics enlist his uncompromising, take-no-prisoners writing in an attack on the man, Dooley's sympathetic but penetrating scrutiny enables the writer and the work to brilliantly illuminate each other. Students and specialists alike will learn much from this comprehensive study, which introduces us, finally, to Naipaul as he might wish us to read him."—John Clement Ball, University of New Brunswick, and author of Satire and the Postcolonial Novel: V.S. Naipaul, Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie

University of South Carolina Press
Non Series

9781570035876 : v-s-naipaul-man-and-writer-dooley
Hardback
184 Pages
$39.99 USD
9781611178869 : v-s-naipaul-man-and-writer-dooley
Electronic book text
184 Pages
$39.99 USD

Other Titles by Gillian Dooley

From a Tiny Corner in the House of Fiction

edited by Gillian Dooley
Apr 2003 - University of South Carolina Press
$34.99 USD - Hardback

Other Titles from Non Series

A Guidebook to South Carolina Historical Markers

compiled byEdwin Breeden
Feb 2021 - University of South Carolina Press
$74.99 USD - book
$24.99 USD - book
$24.99 USD - ebook

Live at Jackson Station

Daniel M. Harrison
Jan 2021 - University of South Carolina Press
$24.99 USD - book
$24.99 USD - ebook
$74.99 USD - book

Monumental Harm

Roger C. Hartley
Jan 2021 - University of South Carolina Press
$89.99 USD - book
$29.99 USD - book
$29.99 USD - ebook

Other Titles in LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General

Silas House

edited by Sylvia Shurbutt, with contributions byAdam Booth, foreword by Denise Giardina, with contributions byDavid O. Hoffman, Maurice Manning, Jennifer Adkins Reynolds, Donna Summerlin, Natalie Sypolt, Marianne Worthington, Jacqueline...
Jun 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$32.95 USD - book
$32.95 USD - ebook
$32.95 USD - ebook

Remainders of the American Century

Brent Ryan Bellamy
Jun 2021 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - book
$80.00 USD - book

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Cormac McCarthy

edited by Stacey Peebles, Benjamin West
Jun 2021 - The Modern Language Association of America, an imprint of Modern Language Association of America
$65.00 USD - book
$29.00 USD - book
$29.00 USD - Electronic book text