The nature of passion: a novel

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W.W. Norton, 1956 - Fiction - 267 pages
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 1924 - Screenwriter Ruth Jhabvala was born in Berlin, Germany on October 7, 1924. She emigrated to England and earned a degree in English Literature at London University. In 1951, she married an Indian architect, moved to India and raised three daughters. She began writing in 1955 and has written a dozen novels. Several novels were set in India such as "The Nature of Passion," "Esmond in India," "Travelers" and "The Householder," which was also her first motion picture project with Merchant Ivory Productions. Shakespeare Wallah, a film regarded as a classic, was her first collaboration on an original project with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant. Jhabvala has also written screenplays such as Roseland and Jefferson in Paris. Her awards include: Britain's Booker Prize for her novel "Heat and Dust" in 1975, the BAFTA award for Best Screenplay for the filmed adaptation of "Heat and Dust" in 1984, an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "A Room With a View" in 1986, the Best Screenplay Award from the New York Film Critics Circle for "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge" in 1990, an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for "Howards End" and she was also nominated for an Academy Award for her adaptation of "The Remains of the Day." She also received the MacArthur Foundation Award in 1984 and the Writers Guild of America's Screen Laurel Award, the Guild's highest honor, in 1994. Jhabvala has additionally written short story collections and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker.

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