Thursday, June 2, 2011

Presented Without Comment: VS Naipaul on Other Writers

“Women writers are different, they are quite different. I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think [it is] unequal to me...And inevitably for a woman, she is not a complete master of a house, so that comes over in her writing too...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."
Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society on Tuesday, Naipaul, best known for his novels about the legacy of British colonialism, was asked if he considered any woman writer his equal. He replied: “I don’t think so.”