About the author vikram seth

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about the author vikram seth

Vikram Seth (Author of A Suitable Boy)

Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, childrens writer, biographer and memoirist.

During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. He returned to Delhi via Xinjiang and Tibet which led to a travel narrative From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983) which won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.

The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse (1986) was his first novel describing the experiences of a group of friends who live in California. A Suitable Boy (1993), an epic of Indian life set in the 1950s, got him the WH Smith Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

His poetry includes The Humble Administrators Garden (1985) and All You Who Sleep Tonight (1990). His Beastly Tales from Here and There (1992) is childrens book consisting of ten stories in verse about animals.

In 2005, he published Two Lives, a family memoir written at the suggestion of his mother, which focuses on the lives of his great-uncle (Shanti Behari Seth) and German-Jewish great aunt (Henny Caro) who met in Berlin in the early 1930s while Shanti was a student there and with whom Seth stayed extensively on going to England at age 17 for school. As with From Heaven Lake, Two Lives contains much autobiography.

An unusually forthcoming writer whose published material is replete with un- or thinly-disguised details as to the personal lives of himself and his intimates related in a highly engaging narrative voice, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him.

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Author Vikram Seth on his three favourite books

Vikram Seth Biography

He has travelled widely and lived in Britain, California, India and China. Set in India in the early s, it is the story of a young girl, Lata, and her search for a husband. An Equal Music is the story of a violinist haunted by the memory of a former lover. His children's book, Beastly Tales from Here and There , consists of ten stories about animals told in verse. As its title makes explicit, this is another narrative of journeys and journeying that takes us through Greece, China, India and the Ukraine - not to mention the fantasy world of Gup.

Critical perspective

Nationality: Indian. Born: Calcutta, India, Career: Senior editor, Stanford University Press, London, Chatto and Windus, ; Boston, Faber, Arion and the Dolphin for children , illustrated by Jane Ray.

Vikram Seth is among the most celebrated Indian novelists and poets. He was born on 20 th of June in Kolkata to Leila, a court judge, and Prem Seth, a shoe company executive. He has his roots in Punjab. He traveled a lot with his family as a child from Batanagar to Danpur to London. He received his early education from St. Seth went back to England and during his A-levels he developed interest in Chinese language and poetry. Seth moved to California in pursuit of Ph.


  1. Leo B. says:

    Vikram Seth, CBE (born 20 June ) is an Indian novelist and poet. He has written several Genre, Novels, poetry, libretto, travel writing, children's literature , biography/memoir. Notable works, A Suitable Boy The Golden Gate An Equal .

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