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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

James Ivory

Born
Germany
Genre
Fiction, Drama
 
 
Biography
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala is a novelist, short story writer and screenwriter.

She was born in 1927 in Germany of Polish-Jewish parents and escaped to England in 1939. She graduated with an MA from Queen Mary College, London University, in 1951 and moved to Delhi, where she lived until 1975.

She is the author of several novels, her first being To Whom She Will, published in 1955. Other novels include the domestic comedy, The Householder (1960); and Heat and Dust (1975), a love story contrasting the 1920s and 1970s and winner or the 1975 Booker Prize for Fiction. Her latest novels are Poet and Dancer (1993) and Shards of Memory (1995).

Her short story collections include Out of India: Selected Stories (1987); East into Upper East: Plain Tales from New York and New Delhi (1998); and My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past (2004).

She has also written a number of scripts for film and television, many with Merchant Ivory. These include her Academy Award (Oscar)-winning adaptations of E. M. Forster novels, Howards End and A Room With A View; her adaptation of Kasuo Ishiguro's Remains of the Day; and the BAFTA-winning adaptation of her own novel, Heat and Dust.

 

Other screenplays include Surviving Picasso, The Bostonians and The Golden Bowl (adaptations of novels by Henry James), Mr. and Mrs. Bridges, and in 2008, The City of Your Final Destination, an adaptation from the novel by Peter Cameron.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was awarded a CBE in 1998 and lives between Delhi, New York and London.

Bibliography

2004
My Nine Lives: Chapters of a Possible Past, John Murray
1998
East Into Upper East: Plain Tales from New York and New Delhi, John Murray
1995
Shards of Memory, John Murray
1993
Poet and Dancer, John Murray
1987
Three Continents, John Murray
1987
Out of India: Selected Stories, John Murray
1983
In Search of Love and Beauty, John Murray
1976
How I Became a Holy Mother: And Other Stories, John Murray
1975
Heat and Dust, John Murray
1972
A New Dominion, John Murray
1971
Experience of India, John Murray
1968
A Stronger Climate: Nine Stories, John Murray
1965
A Backward Place, John Murray
1963
Like Birds, Like Fishes: And Other Stories, John Murray
1962
Get Ready for Battle, John Murray
1960
The Householder, John Murray
1958
Esmond in India, Allen & Unwin
1956
The Nature of Passion, Allen & Unwin
1955
To Whom She Will, Allen & Unwin

Awards

2003
O Henry Short Story Prize, 'Refuge in London'
1998
CBE
1994
Writers' Guild of America Screen Laurel Award (US)
1992
Academy Award (Oscar) for Writing, Howards End
1990
New York Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Screenplay, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge
1987
Writers' Guild of America Award, A Room With A View, best screenplay based on material from another medium
1986
Academy Award (Oscar) for Writing, Room With A View
1984
MacArthur Foundation Fellowship OBIE
1984
Critics' Circle Award for Screenwriter of the Year, Heat and Dust
1983
BAFTA (Best Adapted Screenplay), Heat and Dust
1978
Neil Gunn Prize
1975
Booker Prize for Fiction, Heat and Dust