Overview

Salman Rushdie

(b. 1947) Indian-born British

Return to overview »

You are looking at 1-20 of 43 entries

View:

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani  

(1934– )Iranian statesman who became president of Iran (1989–97) on the death of Ayatollah Khomeini.Rafsanjani was born near Kerman, the son of a pistachio-nut-farming family of moderate wealth. From ...
Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh  

(1956– ),Indian novelist, travel writer, and anthropologist, born in Calcutta, educated at Delhi University and at Oxford. His writings in all genres display his experiences of a variety of cultures. ...
Angela Carter

Angela Carter  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
1940–1992)British writer whose imaginative novels, which blend fantasy with realism, have won her a cult following.Born in Eastbourne, Angela Stalker was brought up in Yorkshire and London, failed to ...
Anglo-Indian literature

Anglo-Indian literature  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
Present‐day India boasts an English language literature of energy and diversity, and has spawned a striking literary diaspora. Some writers of Indian descent (V. S. Naipaul, Bharati Mukherjee) now ...
Arabian Nights

Arabian Nights  

Also referred to as The Thousand and One Nights, or Alf layla wa layla, The Arabian Nights is a collection of highly entertaining tales that have traveled easily from one ...
Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
(1961– )Novelist, scriptwriter, and anti-globalization essayist and campaigner, born in Bengal and brought up in southern India. Her semi-autobiographical novel set in Kerala and much influenced by ...
Best Sellers

Best Sellers  

Term for books that are remarkably popular, for a brief time or over a period of many years. Seldom of great literary significance, such works are often ephemeral and dependent upon temporary tastes ...
Black British Literature

Black British Literature  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
Has its origins in slave narratives of the 18th cent., the most famous of which was Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative (1789), which became an instant bestseller, and sold in thousands to ...
Booker Prize

Booker Prize  

Reference type:
Overview Page
A literary prize awarded annually for a novel published by a British or Commonwealth citizen during the previous year, financed by the multinational company Booker McConnell. Now known as the Man ...
censorship

censorship  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
1. Any regime or context in which the content of what is publically expressed, exhibited, published, broadcast, or otherwise distributed is regulated or in which the circulation of information is ...
David Caute

David Caute  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
(1936– ),novelist and historian, born in Alexandria, educated at Wellington and Oxford. His first novel, At Fever Pitch (1959), was followed by many more, which range in theme from The Decline of the ...
Donald Barthelme

Donald Barthelme  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
(1931–89)American novelist and short story writer. In 1961 he became the director of the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the same year that he published his first story. His ...
G. V. Desani

G. V. Desani  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
(?1909–2001),Indian writer, born in Nairobi, Kenya; he lived in Britain during the Second World War, where he became a regular lecturer and broadcaster. His prose poem Hali (1950) was published with ...
Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
(1928– )Colombian novelist and short-story writer, one of the founding figures of modern South American literature. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1982.Brought up in poverty in the remote village ...
Granta

Granta  

A Cambridge University under‐graduate periodical started in 1889. It went through various transformations, and in the 1950s and 60s was edited as a literary magazine devoted to publishing poetry and ...
Günter Grass

Günter Grass  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
(1927– )Prolific German novelist, essayist, and outspoken democratic socialist, born in Danzig, now Gdańsk in Poland. His long, often humorous, fantastic, and narratively innovative novels display a ...
Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
(1954– ),screenwriter and novelist, born in Bromley, south London, and educated at King's College, London. His mother is English, his father Pakistani. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette ...
Index on Censorship

Index on Censorship  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
A periodical founded in 1972 by Writers and Scholars International, a group of writers, scholars, artists, and intellectuals concerned with the promotion of free expression, formed largely at the ...
James Kelman

James Kelman  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
(1946– ),Scottish novelist, short‐story writer, and dramatist, born in Glasgow. He left school at the age of 15, and after a brief period living in America, he returned to Scotland and a succession ...
Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson  

Reference type:
Overview Page
Subject:
Literature
(1959– ),novelist, born in Manchester, she became the adopted daughter of Pentecostal evangelist parents. Her upbringing and training for evangelistic service, as well as the realization of her ...

View: