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Award Winning Screenwriter and Novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Dies

by Kerensa Cadenas
April 5, 2013 9:30 AM
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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

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. 

Award-winning author Ruth Prawer Jhabvala dies at age 85 (Reuters)

Merchant-Ivory screenwriter Jhabvala dies at 85 (USA Today)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s Stories (The New Yorker)

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1 Comment

  • Eileen | April 8, 2013 10:09 PMReply

    I read Heat and Dust 20 years ago and remember it so well. She was a terrific writer, and I'm afraid her work is neglected and may be forgotten too soon.

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