K. S. Maniam

Peter Charles Wicks
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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 10.4.2: Hong Kong, Singaporean, Malaysian and Myanmar Writing and Culture.

K. S. Maniam was a prolific writer, with three novels, two plays, and numerous short stories to his credit. An intense, reserved, yet courteous person, he lived with his wife and children in a modest, two-storeyed house in Subang, one of the dormitory suburbs of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. It was my privilege to visit him there, and to engage in the discussions on which this profile draws. Despite his critically-acclaimed literary achievements, Maniam was denied official recognition and public acclaim in his country of birth because he chose to write in English, rather than the national language known as Bahasa Malaysia. Yet there are valid reasons for his choice of literary medium, reasons that are inherent in Malaysia’s modern history as former British colony and now…

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Citation: Wicks, Peter Charles. "K. S. Maniam". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 April 2007; last revised 22 July 2022. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=2914, accessed 30 May 2024.]

2914 K. S. Maniam 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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