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John Thieme

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719059261

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719059261.001.0001

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Middle-period novels: The Guide to The Painter of Signs

Middle-period novels: The Guide to The Painter of Signs

(p.100) 4 Middle-period novels: The Guide to The Painter of Signs
R. K. Narayan

John Thieme

Manchester University Press

Despite his involvement with Graham Greene and his tailoring aspects of his fiction to suit British tastes, R. K. Narayan did not travel outside India until the second half of his life. Then, after receiving a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship that took him to the United States in 1956, he paid a number of visits to American universities, among them the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin. Notable among these was a period as Visiting Professor at the University of Missouri in Kansas City in the spring of 1969, a visit that he wrote about without identifying his hosts in one of his best-known essays, the title piece of his collection, Reluctant Guru (1974). This chapter focuses on Narayan's middle-period novels, including The Guide (1958), The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961), The Vendor of Sweets (1967) and The Painter of Signs (1976).

Keywords:   Painter of Signs, novels, R. K. Narayan, India, Malgudi, Vendor of Sweets

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