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Comments Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
"Aphrodisiac"
2013 O. Henry Award-winning Author

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born in Germany in 1927 and escaped to England with her parents in 1939. She went to school and college in London, where she met and married the Indian architect C. S. H. Jhabvala. They lived in India from 1951-1975. She published her first novel in 1955, and since then has published 12 novels, including Heat and Dust, A Backward Place, and six collections of short stories. She wrote most of the screenplays for the films of Merchant Ivory, with whom she was associated since 1962. Jhabvala lived mostly in New York, with frequent return visits to India. She died in New York in April 2013.