Nobel-prize winning author V.S. Naipaul claims that there is no woman writer who could serve as as his literary match. Described by some as “the greatest living writer of English prose,” the Trinidad-born Naipaul sparked controversy in an interview at the Royal Geographic Society this week, saying the work of female writers, even famed and beloved author Jane Austen, is inferior. The 78-year-old said he couldn’t share Austen’s ” sentimental ambitions, her sentimental sense of the world.”
Naipaul believes that women writers are “quite different” and says he can read a paragraph and know instantly whether it was written by a woman or not. He added: “And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too.”
Acclaimed for works such as his partly-autobiographical novel “A House for Mr Biswas” as well as his travel writing and essays, Naipaul also commented on the work of his female publisher. “My publisher, who was so good as a taster and editor, when she became a writer, lo and behold it was all this feminine tosh. I don’t mean this in any unkind way,” he added.
He can tell if ANY paragraph is written by a man or a woman? Here’s one for him to try:
I was afraid to comment on this situation, as I did not want to seem rude or too crude. So, I raised the topic with several of my closest advisors and they have suggested that Mr. Naipaul seek out new and interesting ways to go fuck himself.