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V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River and a collection of letters, Between Father and Son. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: East Indians England Fiction, Portugal Colonies Africa Fiction, London (England) Fiction, Colonies Fiction, Authors Fiction