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Paul Scott was a British novelist who authored the tetralogy, ‘Raj Quartet’

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BirthdayMarch 25, 1920
Died onMarch 1, 1978
NationalityBritish
FamousBisexual, Writers, Novelists
SpousesElisabeth Avery
Childrens Carol, Sally
Universities
  • Winchmore Hill Collegiate School
Birth PlaceSouthgate, London
GenderMale
FatherThomas
MotherFrances
Sun SignAries
Born inSouthgate, London
Famous asNovelist
Died at Age57

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Who is Paul Scott?

Paul Scott was a well-known British novelist, playwright and poet who wrote the famous tetralogy, the ‘Raj Quartet’. Despite his early ambitions of becoming a poet, he trained in accountancy and worked with the British Intelligence Department and the Indian Army upto the ‘Quit India’ movement. While he was employed as an Officer Cadet in India, Malaya and Burma, his experiences on the war front powered his drive to write. Thus, he wrote his own poetry, a number of radio plays and punched out several novels based on his experiences. However, he did write a number of other novels such as ‘A Male Child’, ‘The Mark of the Warrior’, ‘The Chinese Love Pavilion’ and ‘Sahibs and Memsahibs’. The most famous of all his works was his tetralogy series titled the ‘Raj Quartet’. The books in the tetralogy series outline the final years of the British occupation of India from multifarious viewpoints. A Booker Prize recipient, all of Scott’s works focused on Indian themes and/or characters - even in those novels that were set outside the geographical boundaries of India. Scott, with his substantial literary output, became one of the leading figures of Indian/British literature.

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Childhood & Early Life

Paul Mark Scott was born on March 25, 1920 to Frances and Thomas Scott in Southgate, Middlesex. His father was a commercial artist and his mother, though socially inferior, had great artistic ambitions.

Young Scott studied at Winchmore Hill Collegiate School but he dropped out of the same because his father’s poor financial condition. He worked as an accounts clerk for C.T. Payne and in the evening, attended bookkeeping classes.

He enlisted to the British Army as a private, in 1940 and was directly assigned to the Intelligence Corps. Thus, began his journey in the army which would later become the subject for a number of his novels.

Career

Paul Scott published his first collection of poems titled, ‘I, Gerontius’ in 1941, but during this time, he did not take his writing career seriously, since he was already conscripted to the army.

In 1943, he was posted as an officer-cadet to India, where he was commissioned. He ended the war as a Captain in the Indian Army Service Corps. It was during this time that he deeply and irrevocably fell in love with India.

He was employed as an accountant for two small publishing houses ‘Falcon Press’ and ‘Grey Walls Press’, in 1946. Four years later, he moved to the literary agent ‘Pearn, Pollinger & Higham’, where he subsequently became its director.

He published his first novel, ‘Johnny Sahib’, inspired by his experiences at war and in India, in 1952. Despite experiencing several pitfalls while writing the novel, he managed to get it printed and it received moderate success. The same year, he wrote a radio-play for BBC titled, ‘Lines of Communication’.

In 1953, he authored, ‘The Alien Sky’, which was also titled ‘Six Days in Marapore’. It was his second book. Three years later, he published a well-known book titled, ‘A Male Child’.

He penned his next work, ‘The Mark of the Warrior’, in 1958. The same year, he wrote his second radio-play for BBC called ‘Sahibs and Memsahibs’.

This was subsequently followed by ‘Chinese Love Pavilion’, in 1960. All these books reflected his experiences at the war front and his love for India.

Although he had written a number of novels by now, his earnings from his works were extremely meager. During this time, he was also working as a literary agent. He decided to quit his job as a literary agent and worked on becoming a full-time author.

From 1962 to 1964, he wrote a few more novels such as ‘Birds of Paradise’, ‘The Bender’ and the satirical comedy, ‘The Corrida at San Feliu’, but in vain. He still did not achieve the kind of success he was expecting.

He flew to India in 1964 because he felt creatively drained and wanted to be reacquainted with his friends and the country that he had grown to be obsessed with.

In 1966, he published ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, a novel that would go on to become the first installment of the famous, ‘Raj Quartet’. Two years later, he published the second installment of the ‘Raj Quartet’ series, ‘The Day of the Scorpion’.

The third book in the series was published under the title, ‘The Towers of Silence’ in 1971, followed by the last publication in the series, ‘A Division of the Spoils’, three years later.

These four books give an insight into the final days of the British Raj in India and chart crucial details about a number of prominent figures, the Partition of India and the days during the collapse of the British regime.

After he finished writing the ‘Raj Quartet’, he got back to teaching and from 1976 to 1977; he served as the visiting professor at the University of Tulsa. In 1977, he wrote a coda to the ‘Raj Quartet’ called, ‘Staying On’, which earned him the Booker Prize.

Major Works

The ‘Raj Quartet’, a tetralogy was published from 1966-1974. The series consisted of the books, ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, ‘The Day of the Scorpion’, ‘The Towers of Silence’ and ‘A Division of the Spoils’. Largely considered to be his major works, the ‘Raj Quartet’ is regarded as an important masterpiece because of the kind of research that went into writing these novels.

From information related to political readers to child rape and the ‘Quit India’ movement, these four novels give a detailed insight into the events leading upto the collapse of the British Raj in India from the viewpoints of Hindus, Muslims and other characters. Of the four books published, ‘The Tower of Silence’ was the most successful one.

He authored ‘Staying On’, a finale, in 1977, which is also considered one of his best works. The same was adapted for a television film by Granada TV and paved the way for the television adaptation of ‘The Jewel in the Crown’. This is also considered one of his important works, because it won him the prestigious ‘Booker Prize’.

Awards & Achievements

He won the Yorkshire Post ‘Fiction’ Award for ‘The Towers of Silence’, in 1971.

He was presented the ‘Booker Prize’ for ‘Staying On’, in 1977.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Nancy Edith Avery, who was also known as ‘Penny’, in 1941. He had two daughters with her - Carol and Sally.

He was a bisexual by nature – it was reflected in his first novel of the ‘Raj Quartet’ series, ‘The Jewel in the Crown’.

It is believed that he was an alcoholic and would sometimes get very aggressive with his wife. It was this behavior of his, which eventually led to a divorce.

Towards the end of his life, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Just before his death, he was to attend the ‘Booker’ presentation, but could not as a result of his illness. He passed away on March 1, 1978 due to cancer at the Middlesex Hospital, in London.

Trivia

Around 6,000 letters of this British novelist’s personal correspondence can be found at the McFarlin Library at the University of Tulsa.

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1971 - Fiction Award for the best original and unpublished fiction

Paul Scott biography timelines

  • // 25th Mar 1920
    Paul Mark Scott was born on March 25, 1920 to Frances and Thomas Scott in Southgate, Middlesex. His father was a commercial artist and his mother, though socially inferior, had great artistic ambitions.
  • // 1940
    He enlisted to the British Army as a private, in 1940 and was directly assigned to the Intelligence Corps. Thus, began his journey in the army which would later become the subject for a number of his novels.
  • // 1941
    Paul Scott published his first collection of poems titled, ‘I, Gerontius’ in 1941, but during this time, he did not take his writing career seriously, since he was already conscripted to the army.
  • // 1941
    He married Nancy Edith Avery, who was also known as ‘Penny’, in 1941. He had two daughters with her - Carol and Sally.
  • // 1943
    In 1943, he was posted as an officer-cadet to India, where he was commissioned. He ended the war as a Captain in the Indian Army Service Corps. It was during this time that he deeply and irrevocably fell in love with India.
  • // 1946
    He was employed as an accountant for two small publishing houses ‘Falcon Press’ and ‘Grey Walls Press’, in 1946. Four years later, he moved to the literary agent ‘Pearn, Pollinger & Higham’, where he subsequently became its director.
  • // 1952
    He published his first novel, ‘Johnny Sahib’, inspired by his experiences at war and in India, in 1952. Despite experiencing several pitfalls while writing the novel, he managed to get it printed and it received moderate success. The same year, he wrote a radio-play for BBC titled, ‘Lines of Communication’.
  • // 1953
    In 1953, he authored, ‘The Alien Sky’, which was also titled ‘Six Days in Marapore’. It was his second book. Three years later, he published a well-known book titled, ‘A Male Child’.
  • // 1958
    He penned his next work, ‘The Mark of the Warrior’, in 1958. The same year, he wrote his second radio-play for BBC called ‘Sahibs and Memsahibs’.
  • // 1960
    This was subsequently followed by ‘Chinese Love Pavilion’, in 1960. All these books reflected his experiences at the war front and his love for India.
  • // 1962 To 1964
    From 1962 to 1964, he wrote a few more novels such as ‘Birds of Paradise’, ‘The Bender’ and the satirical comedy, ‘The Corrida at San Feliu’, but in vain. He still did not achieve the kind of success he was expecting.
  • // 1964
    He flew to India in 1964 because he felt creatively drained and wanted to be reacquainted with his friends and the country that he had grown to be obsessed with.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he published ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, a novel that would go on to become the first installment of the famous, ‘Raj Quartet’. Two years later, he published the second installment of the ‘Raj Quartet’ series, ‘The Day of the Scorpion’.
  • // 1966 To 1974
    The ‘Raj Quartet’, a tetralogy was published from 1966-1974. The series consisted of the books, ‘The Jewel in the Crown’, ‘The Day of the Scorpion’, ‘The Towers of Silence’ and ‘A Division of the Spoils’. Largely considered to be his major works, the ‘Raj Quartet’ is regarded as an important masterpiece because of the kind of research that went into writing these novels.
  • // 1971
    The third book in the series was published under the title, ‘The Towers of Silence’ in 1971, followed by the last publication in the series, ‘A Division of the Spoils’, three years later.
  • // 1971
    He won the Yorkshire Post ‘Fiction’ Award for ‘The Towers of Silence’, in 1971.
  • // 1976 To 1977
    After he finished writing the ‘Raj Quartet’, he got back to teaching and from 1976 to 1977; he served as the visiting professor at the University of Tulsa. In 1977, he wrote a coda to the ‘Raj Quartet’ called, ‘Staying On’, which earned him the Booker Prize.
  • // 1977
    He authored ‘Staying On’, a finale, in 1977, which is also considered one of his best works. The same was adapted for a television film by Granada TV and paved the way for the television adaptation of ‘The Jewel in the Crown’. This is also considered one of his important works, because it won him the prestigious ‘Booker Prize’.
  • // 1977
    He was presented the ‘Booker Prize’ for ‘Staying On’, in 1977.
  • // 1st Mar 1978
    Towards the end of his life, he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Just before his death, he was to attend the ‘Booker’ presentation, but could not as a result of his illness. He passed away on March 1, 1978 due to cancer at the Middlesex Hospital, in London.

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  • What is Paul Scott birthday?

    Paul Scott was born at 1920-03-25

  • When was Paul Scott died?

    Paul Scott was died at 1978-03-01

  • Where was Paul Scott died?

    Paul Scott was died in London

  • Which age was Paul Scott died?

    Paul Scott was died at age 57

  • Where is Paul Scott's birth place?

    Paul Scott was born in Southgate, London

  • What is Paul Scott nationalities?

    Paul Scott's nationalities is British

  • Who is Paul Scott spouses?

    Paul Scott's spouses is Elisabeth Avery

  • Who is Paul Scott childrens?

    Paul Scott's childrens is Carol, Sally

  • What was Paul Scott universities?

    Paul Scott studied at Winchmore Hill Collegiate School

  • Who is Paul Scott's father?

    Paul Scott's father is Thomas

  • Who is Paul Scott's mother?

    Paul Scott's mother is Frances

  • What is Paul Scott's sun sign?

    Paul Scott is Aries

  • How famous is Paul Scott?

    Paul Scott is famouse as Novelist