Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, an Oscar winning screenwriter and celebrated novelist, has died at the age of 85 from complications caused from a pulmonary condition.
Jhabvala was a prolific writer. She wrote 31 stories in The New Yorker, the most recent, The Judge's Will, was published just a few short weeks ago. She wrote many novels including Heat and Dust in 1975 which won the Booker Prize and was later adapted into a film in 1983.
Beyond writing fiction, Jhabvala was also an insanely prolific screenwriter. She wrote over 20 screenplays--a majority of which were in collaboration with Ismail Merchant and James Ivory of Merchant-Ivory. She wrote some of the most acclaimed Merchant Ivory films including Remains of the Day, Howard's End and A Room With A View. She was nominated for an Academy Award for all three, and won for two.
Jhabvala was truly a trailblazer for women film writers. Be sure to experience her writings in The New Yorker, as they have unlocked six of her short stories for people to enjoy.
Merchant-Ivory screenwriter Jhabvala dies at 85 (USA Today)
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s Stories (The New Yorker)