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Vikram Seth

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Vikram Seth

Born: 20 June 1952

  • He 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.
  • His collections of poetry such as Mappings and Beastly Tales are notable contributions to the Indian English language poetry canon.
  • His 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.
  • He 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.
  • He 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.
  • He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001.

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