Monday, May 7, 2012

On May 7

On this day in ...
... 1927 (85 years ago today), a daughter, Ruth Prawer, was born in Cologne, Germany, to a mother whose father was cantor at the city's largest synagogue and to a lawyer-father born in Poland. The family emigrated when the Nazis came into power, living through the London Blitz during the war years. By 1951, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (left) had become a British citizen, earned a master's in English literature from the University of London, married, and moved to India, where she gave birth to 3 daughters. Within years she'd published a novel, To Whom She Will (1955), thus beginning a prolific literary career honored in 1975 via the Man Booker Prize. Prawer Jhabvala's perhaps best known as a collaborator with Merchant Ivory Productions on films, including the Oscar-winning A Room with a View (1985) and Howards End (1992). (photo credit) She's been a naturalized U.S. citizen since 1986.

(Prior May 7 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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