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V. S. Naipaul : a selective bibliography with annotations, 1957-1987
Jarvis, Kelvin.
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Publication Information:
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xvii, 205 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes indexes.
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PR9272.9.N32 Z73 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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V. S. Naipaul is probably the most controversial writer to emerge from the Caribbean. This is the first substantial compilation on Naipual, consisting of over 1,000 annotated items through 1987.

Author Notes

Kelvin Jarvis (MA, Loughborough University; FLA, Fellow of the [British] Library Association) is Librarian/Documentalist, Faculty of Education, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He has extensive work experience as a Reference/Documents Librarian in Ontario, Trinidad, and Tobago and was formerly a Sub-Librarian in the Language and Literature Dept., Manchester Public Libraries, England.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

The operative word in the title of this helpful compendium is "selective": most of the annotations are reprinted from Dissertation Abstracts, but even theses from the campuses of the University of the West Indies are frequently not summarized. The book has an irrelevant foreword and a note on Commonwealth literature collections in the US that is far from accurate and casts blame, though it omits any comment on Canadian and West Indian libraries, which are used by most researchers on Naipaul. Likewise, a list of universities offering courses in Commonwealth literature inexplicably omits those outside the US, Canada, Europe, and the West Indies. There are many errors in the text: Northwestern University is listed as "North Western University"; Johns Hopkins University is placed in Washington, DC; many book titles are offered both with The and without it. Such inaccuracies and many omissions of publishing and other details diminish the authority and reliability of the text. Notwithstanding, it will serve a useful function for many readers new to Naipaul studies; however, those readers should be aware that recent major books are not included. -A. L. McLeod, Rider College