R. K. Narayan Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

R. K. Narayan Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

On January 18, 1982, R. K. Narayan was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He received a similar honor in India from the Sahitya Academy (Literary Academy), but the induction was not without debate. Could a South Indian writer who had never stirred outside his home region, who was writing in English rather than his mother tongue, whose fiction was not concerned with lofty nationalistic issues, actually be worthy of such a literary honor? Indeed, it is to Narayan’s credit that he continued to write in English. His writing is neither imitative nor experimental. Never feeling compelled to work within the boundaries of large literary or nationalistic trends, Narayan did not find it necessary to vary the English...

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