McFarlin Fellows


The University of Tulsa’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives, and McFarlin Fellows will hold a dinner on November 7th, in honor of leading British writer, historian and biographer Patrick French. French will be giving his lecture, “On the Trail of V.S. Naipaul: a Biographer’s Life.”

French’s award winning books, which have been translated into multiple languages, have received several honors including the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Prize, and the Hawthornden Prize. His 2008 release, The World Is What It Is: the Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul was selected a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book of the Year. His most recent novel, India: a Portrait (Vintage Departures), explores society and the political environment of India since the advent of independence in 1947.

His other works include Tibet, Tibet, Liberty or Death: India’s Journey to Independence and Division, and Younghusband. French has lectured internationally and at many universities and organizations across the United States including Harvard University, the Rand Corporation and the American Enterprise Institute.

The University of Tulsa’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives takes great pride in taking part in this event, which promises to be a fascinating evening.

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