Optimistic view in R.K.Narayan’s Novel The English Teacher
R.K.Narayan (10 October 1906 -13May 2001), full name Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer
Narayanaswami, was an Indian writer known for his works 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 Roa.
Narayan's mentor and friend Graham Greene was instrumental in getting publishers for
Naryan's first four books including the semiautobiographical trilogy of Swami and Friends, The
Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher. The fictional town of Malgudi was first introduced in
Swami and Friends.
Narayan highlights the social context and everyday life of his characters. He has been
compared to William Faulkner who also created a similar fictional town and likewise explored
with humour and compassion the energy of ordinary life. Narayan's short stories have been
compared with those of Guy de Manupassant because of his ability to compress a narrative. RK
Narayan received various awards such as the Padma bhusan, padma vibhusan and Indian’s third
and second highest civilian awards. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house
of India's Parliament.
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