R. K. Narayan

1906 - 2001

R. K. Narayan

Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (10 October 1906 – 13 May 2001), commonly known as R. K. Narayan, was an Indian writer known for his work set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He was a leading author of early Indian literature in English along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao. Narayan's mentor and friend Graham Greene was instrumental in getting publishers for Narayan's first four books including the semi-autobiographical trilogy of Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of R. K. Narayan has received more than 2,657,421 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 3,521st most popular writer.

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Among writers, R. K. Narayan ranks 3,516 out of 4,883Before him are Ramón Pérez de Ayala, Sophie Kinsella, Ida B. Wells, Natsuo Kirino, Patrick Leigh Fermor, and Tsubouchi Shōyō. After him are Svatopluk Čech, Bahram Beyzai, Frank Heller, Régine Deforges, Antonio Buero Vallejo, and Wen Yiduo.

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Among people born in 1906, R. K. Narayan ranks 200Before him are Wolfgang Koeppen, Johnny Hodges, Prithviraj Kapoor, Milutin Ivković, Eino Penttilä, and Herbert Wehner. After him are Bruno de Finetti, Jaroslav Burgr, A. J. P. Taylor, Nils Axelsson, Jacqueline Cochran, and V. J. Sukselainen. Among people deceased in 2001, R. K. Narayan ranks 152Before him are Barend Biesheuvel, Arturo Uslar Pietri, Dorothy McGuire, Mongo Beti, Joe Henderson, and Arie van Vliet. After him are J. J. Johnson, Mordecai Richler, Juan José Arreola, Jenő Fock, Ken Aston, and Hilde Holger.

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In India

Among people born in India, R. K. Narayan ranks 350 out of 848Before him are Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy (1924), Sanjeev Kumar (1938), The Great Khali (1972), Mohammad Hidayatullah (1905), Rajendra K. Pachauri (1940), and Guru Har Rai (1630). After him are Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (1893), Tyagaraja (1767), Bhimsen Joshi (1922), Jaimini (-390), Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy (1892), and Mahinda (-285).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, R. K. Narayan ranks 44Before him are Zeb-un-Nissa (1638), Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876), Mir Taqi Mir (1723), T. H. White (1906), Ram Prasad Bismil (1897), and Bhavabhuti (null). After him are Shakuntala Devi (1929), Tarasankar Bandyopadhyay (1898), Arundhati Roy (1961), Saadat Hasan Manto (1912), Anita Desai (1937), and Mahadev Desai (1892).

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