Full Name: Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
Why Famous: V.S. Naipaul is the recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature. He has published more than 30 books both of fiction and nonfiction over 50 years.
Naipaul's best-regarded works include "A House for Mr Biswas" (1961), "In a Free State", which won the 1971 Booker Prize and "A Bend in the River" (1979). He was knighted in 1990.
- 2001-10-11 Caribbean writer V.S. Naipaul is awarded the Noble Prize for Literature
- "One isn't born one's self. One is born with a mass of expectations, a mass of other people's ideas — and you have to work through it all."