Ved Mehta (1575 words)

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A prolific and inspiring novelist, non-fiction writer and reporter for the New Yorker from 1961 to 1994, Ved Mehta is a rare literary gem whose prestigious qualifications (he was educated both in Oxford at Balliol College and at Harvard University between the 1950s and 1960s) are overshadowed only by his numerous international awards: from honorary degrees (Williams, 1986 and Stirling University, Scotland, 1988) to several Ford Foundation grants, and two Guggenheims. He was a MacArthur Prize Fellow (1982–1987) and honorary fellow of Balliol College, Oxford (1999). Yet some describe him as admittedly truculent by nature, a writer to whom Harvard seemed “like an intellectual version of Hollywood”.

Of all Indian-born …

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Alterno, Letizia. "Ved Mehta". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 May 2016
[, accessed 21 February 2018.]

Articles on Mehta's works

  1. Fly and the Fly-bottle: Encounters with British Intellectuals

Related Groups

  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English

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