Kliponar / Writer  / Pudhumaipithan


Born: 25 April 1906

Died: 5 May 1948

  • He was one of the most influential and revolutionary writers of Tamil fiction.
  • His works were characterized by social satire, progressive thinking and outspoken criticism of accepted conventions. Contemporary writers and critics found it difficult to accept his views and his works were received with extreme hostility.
  • He as an individual and his works have been extensively reviewed and debated for over sixty years since his death.
  • His influence has been accepted and appreciated by the present day writers and critics of Tamil fiction.
  • In 2002, the Government of Tamil Nadu  nationalised the works of Pudumaippithan.
  • His active writing period was less than 15 years (1934–46) in which he wrote nearly 100 short stories, an equal number of essays on a variety of subjects, 15 poems, a few plays and scores of book reviews.
  • His writings gave him a reputation as a maverick.
  • The subjects he wrote on and the characters he chose to portray were completely new to Tamil fiction.
  • He felt that Tamil literature had been crippled by unspoken conventions and openly criticized those who adhered to them.

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