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Vikram Seth

Vikram SethCBE, FRSL (born 20 June 1952) is an Indian novelist and poet. He has written several novels and poetry books. He has received several awards such as Padma Shri, Sahitya Academy Award, Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, WH Smith Literary Award and Crossword Book Award. Seth's collections of poetry such as Mappings and Beastly Tales are notable contributions to the Indian English language poetry canon.

Vikram Seth
Seth in 2009
Born (1952-06-20)20 June 1952 (age 69)
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Occupation
  • Novelist
  • poet
Alma materCorpus Christi College, Oxford
Stanford University
Period1980–present
GenreNovels, poetry, libretto, travel writing, children's literature, biography/memoir
Notable worksA Suitable Boy
The Golden Gate
An Equal Music
Notable awardsPadma Shri, Sahitya Academy, Stegner Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Commonwealth Writers' Prize
from the BBC programme Desert Island Discs, 22 January 2012.
Website
www.vikramseth.net

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Seth was born on 20 June 1952 in Calcutta. His father, Prem Nath Seth, was an executive of Bata Shoes and his mother, Leila Seth, a barrister by training, became the first female judge of the Delhi High Court and first woman to become Chief Justice of a state High Court in India.

He received his primary education at St. Xavier's High School in Patna, and then went to The Doon School in Dehradun, where he was editor-in-chief of The Doon School Weekly. At Doon, he was influenced by his teacher, the mountaineer Gurdial Singh, who taught him geography and, according to Leila Seth, "guided Vikram in many ways...encouraged him to appreciate Western classical music and instilled in him a love of adventure and daring." Singh later described Seth as an "indefatigable worker, and he maintains without difficulty his distinguished level in studies...he has put in enormous amount of energy in other spheres of school life, in dramatics, in debating, in first aid, in music, and in editing the Doon School Weekly." After graduating from Doon, Seth went to Tonbridge School, England, to complete his A-levels. Later he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He then pursued a Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University though never completed it.

Seth has published eight books of poetry and three novels. In 1980, he wrote Mappings, his first book of poetry. The publication of A Suitable Boy, a 1,349-page novel, propelled Seth into the public limelight. It was adapted into a BBC television drama miniseries in 2020. His second novel, An Equal Music, deals with the troubled love-life of a violinist. Seth's work Two Lives, published in 2005, is a memoir of the marriage of his great-uncle and aunt.

In addition to The Golden Gate, Seth has written other works of poetry including Mappings (1980), The Humble Administrator's Garden (1985), All You Who Sleep Tonight (1990) and Three Chinese Poets (1992). His children's book, Beastly Tales from Here and There (1992) consists of 10 stories about animals. He has written a travel book, From Heaven Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983), an account of a journey through Tibet, China and Nepal. He was also commissioned by the English National Opera to write a libretto based on the Greek legend of Arion and the Dolphin. The opera was performed for the first time in June 1994.

A sequel to A Suitable Boy, A Suitable Girl, was announced in 2009.

Seth's former literary agent Giles Gordon recalled being interviewed by Seth for the position, "Vikram sat at one end of a long table and he began to grill us. It was absolutely incredible. He wanted to know our literary tastes, our views on poetry, our views on plays, which novelists we liked". Seth later explained to Gordon that he had passed the interview not because of commercial considerations, but because unlike the others he was the only agent who seemed as interested in his poetry as in his other writing. Seth followed what he has described as "the ludicrous advance for that book" (£250,000 for A Suitable Boy) with £500,000 for An Equal Music and £1.4 million for Two Lives. He prepared an acrostic poem for his address at Gordon's 2005 memorial service.

Seth was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001.

Novels

Poetry

Children's fiction

  • Arion and the Dolphin (1994)

Non-fiction

  • From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983)
  • Two Lives (2005)
  • The Rivered Earth (2011)

Appearances in poetry anthologies

  • The Golden Treasure of Writers Workshop Poetry. Ed. Rubana Huq. Calcutta: Writers Workshop, 2008.
  • The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets. Ed. Arvind Krishna Mehrotra. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Seth divides his time between the United Kingdom, where he bought and renovated the former home of the Anglican poet George Herbert near Salisbury, and India, where he has a family home in Noida, Uttar Pradesh. In 2006, he became a leader of the campaign against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, a law against homosexuality.

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  2. Joshi, Rita (1991). "In Other Places: An Inner Voice". India International Centre Quarterly. 18 (1): 55–65. JSTOR 23002110.
  3. Angela Atkins (26 June 2002). Vikram Seth's Suitable Boy: A Reader's Guide. A&C Black. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-8264-5707-3.
  4. Leila Seth (7 February 2007). On Balance. Penguin Books Limited. pp. 137–. ISBN 978-81-8475-055-3.
  5. "A suitable joy | Books". The Guardian. 26 March 1999. Retrieved7 April 2020.
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  12. Flood, Alison (3 July 2009). "Vikram Seth writes Suitable Boy sequel". The Guardian. Retrieved25 September 2020.
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Vikram Seth
Vikram Seth Language Watch Edit Vikram Seth CBE FRSL born 20 June 1952 is an Indian novelist and poet He has written several novels and poetry books He has received several awards such as Padma Shri Sahitya Academy Award Pravasi Bharatiya Samman WH Smith Literary Award and Crossword Book Award Seth s collections of poetry such as Mappings and Beastly Tales are notable contributions to the Indian English language poetry canon 2 Vikram Seth CBE FRSLSeth in 2009Born 1952 06 20 20 June 1952 age 69 Kolkata West Bengal IndiaOccupationNovelistpoetAlma materCorpus Christi College Oxford Stanford UniversityPeriod1980 presentGenreNovels poetry libretto travel writing children s literature biography memoirNotable worksA Suitable Boy The Golden Gate An Equal MusicNotable awardsPadma Shri Sahitya Academy Stegner Fellowship Guggenheim Fellowship Commonwealth Writers PrizeVikram Seth s voice source source source from the BBC programme Desert Island Discs 22 January 2012 1 Websitewww wbr vikramseth wbr net Contents 1 Early life and education 2 Work and style 3 Life and career 4 Bibliography 4 1 Novels 4 2 Poetry 4 3 Children s fiction 4 4 Non fiction 4 5 Appearances in poetry anthologies 5 Personal life 6 Awards 7 References 8 Sources 9 External linksEarly life and education EditSeth was born on 20 June 1952 in Calcutta His father Prem Nath Seth was an executive of Bata Shoes and his mother Leila Seth a barrister by training became the first female judge of the Delhi High Court and first woman to become Chief Justice of a state High Court in India 3 He received his primary education at St Xavier s High School in Patna and then went to The Doon School in Dehradun where he was editor in chief of The Doon School Weekly 4 At Doon he was influenced by his teacher the mountaineer Gurdial Singh who taught him geography and according to Leila Seth guided Vikram in many ways encouraged him to appreciate Western classical music and instilled in him a love of adventure and daring 4 Singh later described Seth as an indefatigable worker and he maintains without difficulty his distinguished level in studies he has put in enormous amount of energy in other spheres of school life in dramatics in debating in first aid in music and in editing the Doon School Weekly 4 After graduating from Doon Seth went to Tonbridge School England to complete his A levels 5 6 Later he read Philosophy Politics and Economics at Corpus Christi College Oxford He then pursued a Ph D in Economics at Stanford University though never completed it 7 8 9 Work and style EditSeth has published eight books of poetry and three novels In 1980 he wrote Mappings his first book of poetry The publication of A Suitable Boy a 1 349 page novel propelled Seth into the public limelight It was adapted into a BBC television drama miniseries in 2020 10 His second novel An Equal Music deals with the troubled love life of a violinist Seth s work Two Lives published in 2005 is a memoir of the marriage of his great uncle and aunt In addition to The Golden Gate Seth has written other works of poetry including Mappings 1980 The Humble Administrator s Garden 1985 All You Who Sleep Tonight 1990 and Three Chinese Poets 1992 His children s book Beastly Tales from Here and There 1992 consists of 10 stories about animals He has written a travel book From Heaven Lake Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet 1983 an account of a journey through Tibet China and Nepal He was also commissioned by the English National Opera to write a libretto based on the Greek legend of Arion and the Dolphin The opera was performed for the first time in June 1994 A sequel to A Suitable Boy A Suitable Girl was announced in 2009 Life and career EditSeth s former literary agent Giles Gordon recalled being interviewed by Seth for the position Vikram sat at one end of a long table and he began to grill us It was absolutely incredible He wanted to know our literary tastes our views on poetry our views on plays which novelists we liked 11 Seth later explained to Gordon that he had passed the interview not because of commercial considerations but because unlike the others he was the only agent who seemed as interested in his poetry as in his other writing Seth followed what he has described as the ludicrous advance for that book 250 000 for A Suitable Boy 12 with 500 000 for An Equal Music and 1 4 million for Two Lives 13 He prepared an acrostic poem 14 for his address at Gordon s 2005 memorial service 15 Seth was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001 Bibliography EditNovels Edit The Golden Gate 1986 16 A Suitable Boy 1993 An Equal Music 1999 17 Poetry Edit Mappings 1980 The Tale Of Melon City 1981 The Humble Administrator s Garden 1985 All You Who Sleep Tonight 1990 Beastly Tales 1991 Three Chinese Poets 1992 The Frog and the Nightingale 1994 Summer Requiem A Book of Poems 2015 A Doctor s Journal Entry for August 6 1945Children s fiction Edit Arion and the Dolphin 1994 Non fiction Edit From Heaven Lake Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet 1983 Two Lives 2005 The Rivered Earth 2011 18 Appearances in poetry anthologies Edit The Golden Treasure of Writers Workshop Poetry Ed Rubana Huq Calcutta Writers Workshop 2008 19 The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets Ed Arvind Krishna Mehrotra New Delhi Oxford University Press 1992 20 21 Personal life EditSeth divides his time between the United Kingdom where he bought and renovated the former home of the Anglican poet George Herbert near Salisbury and India where he has a family home in Noida Uttar Pradesh 22 In 2006 he became a leader of the campaign against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code a law against homosexuality 23 Awards Edit1983 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for From Heaven Lake Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet 1985 Commonwealth Poetry Prize Asia for The Humble Administrator s Garden 1988 Sahitya Akademi Award for The Golden Gate 1993 Irish Times International Fiction Prize shortlist for A Suitable Boy 1994 Commonwealth Writers Prize Overall Winner Best Book for A Suitable Boy 1994 WH Smith Literary Award for A Suitable Boy 1999 Crossword Book Award for An Equal Music 2001 Order of the British Empire Commander 2001 EMMA BT Ethnic and Multicultural Media Award for Best Book Novel for An Equal Music 2005 Pravasi Bharatiya Samman 2007 Padma Shri in Literature amp Education 24 2013 NDTV s 25 Greatest Global Living Legends In IndiaReferences Edit Vikram Seth Desert Island Discs 22 January 2012 BBC Radio 4 Retrieved 18 January 2014 Joshi Rita 1991 In Other Places An Inner Voice India International Centre Quarterly 18 1 55 65 JSTOR 23002110 Angela Atkins 26 June 2002 Vikram Seth s Suitable Boy A Reader s Guide A amp C Black p 7 ISBN 978 0 8264 5707 3 a b c Leila Seth 7 February 2007 On Balance Penguin Books Limited pp 137 ISBN 978 81 8475 055 3 A suitable joy Books The Guardian 26 March 1999 Retrieved 7 April 2020 Atkins A 2002 Vikram Seth s Suitable Boy A Reader s Guide Bloomsbury Academic p 8 ISBN 9780826457073 Retrieved 24 November 2015 Vikram Seth ekikrat in Retrieved 24 November 2015 The Golden Gate returns to Stanford May 30 news stanford edu 20 May 2013 Retrieved 24 November 2015 Vikram Seth s Founder s Day Address The Doon School Penguin Books of Modern Speeches 2009 p 34 edited the Weekly and did other things A Suitable Boy BBC miniseries Gavron Jeremy 27 March 1999 A suitable joy The Guardian London retrieved 5 September 2007 Flood Alison 3 July 2009 Vikram Seth writes Suitable Boy sequel The Guardian Retrieved 25 September 2020 Bhatia Shyam 1 September 2003 Seth to get at least 3 million advance Rediff com retrieved 5 September 2007 Curtis Brown Archived from the original on 15 August 2004 Retrieved 26 February 2017 CS1 maint bot original URL status unknown link Vikram Seth Vikram Seth Biography Poem Hunter poemhunter com Retrieved 24 November 2015 Vikram Seth DoonOnline Features amp Spotlights archived from the original on 16 May 2006 retrieved 5 September 2007 Albertazzi Silvia 20 January 2005 An equal music an alien world postcolonial literature and the representation of European culture European Review Cambridge University Press 13 pp 103 113 doi 10 1017 S1062798705000104 S2CID 144544406 Times of India by Shobha John TNN 27 Nov 2011 05 13 am IST I got drunk to write says Vikram Seth The Times of India India 27 November 2011 Rubana Huq ed The Golden Treasury of Writers Workshop Poetry Review ASIATIC VOLUME 3 NUMBER 1 JUNE 2009 journals iium edu my journals iium edu my Retrieved 4 September 2018 The Oxford India Anthology of Twelve Modern Indian Poets cse iitk ac in cse iitk ac in Retrieved 23 August 2018 Book review Twelve Modern Indian Poets by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra indiatoday in indiatoday in Retrieved 23 August 2018 Lewis Leo Island Jindo 29 July 2006 Listening to God s melodies The Times London retrieved 5 September 2007 It Took Me Long To Come To Terms With Myself Those Were Painful hardware core Years Outlook India 2 October 2006 retrieved 5 September 2007 Padma Awards PDF Ministry of Home Affairs Government of India 2015 Archived from the original PDF on 15 October 2015 Retrieved 21 July 2015 Sources EditChaudhuri Amit ed Vikram Seth born 1952 The Vintage Book of Modern Indian Literature New York Vintage 2004 508 537 External links EditVikram Sethat Wikipedia s sister projects Media from Wikimedia Commons Quotations from Wikiquote Texts from Wikisource The Telegraph Love split delayed Suitable Boy sequel British Council Bio Vikram Seth at IMDb Poetic License by Cynthia Haven Stanford Magazine May June 1999 BOMB Magazine interview with Vikram Seth by Ameena Meer Vikram Seth at the Encyclopedia of Fantasy Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Vikram Seth amp oldid 1048438694, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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