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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala – A Room of Her Own

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala dies at 85 (NYtimes)

Ruth Prawer was born on May 7, 1927, in Cologne, Germany, the daughter of Marcus Prawer, a Jewish lawyer who had immigrated there from Poland, and the former Eleanora Cohn. The family fled Hitler in 1939, when Ruth was 12. Unable to acquire visas for the United States, they settled in London instead. In 1948, Marcus committed suicide, having established that the entire family he had left behind in Poland had died in Nazi camps.

Novelist and screenwriter known for her work on Merchant Ivory films, including A Room with a View and Heat and Dust. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, novelist and screenwriter, dies at 85(Gurdian UK)

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Photo by Michael Avedon

  • Her short stories (New Yorker)

  • Merchant once commented about his collaboration with Ms Jhabvala, “It is a strange marriage we have at Merchant Ivory… I am an Indian Muslim, Ruth is a German Jew, and Jim is a Protestant American. Via

    The trio

    Some less known films by Ruth ….

    The Quartet (starring Isabelle Adjani, Alan Bates & Maggie Smith)

    Mystic Masseur – trailer (V.S. Naipal story)

    Shakespeare Wallah

    See a clip from Mr.& Mrs Bridge (previous post Thank you mother)

    Jefferson in Paris (Nick Nolte)

    Surviving Picasso (Was loosely based on the book by Arianna Huffington.. according to wiki)

    Ruth did not work on the script of “Maurice”. another Merchant Ivory film, starring Hugh Grant.

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