Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala sits between producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory after receiving an award for outstanding achievement in screenwriting, 1989

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala sits between producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born in Cologne, Germany. She wrote 12 novels, including the Booker Prize-winning Heat and Dust.

As well as her novels, she produced five volumes of short stories. She also wrote more than a dozen screenplays, including Howard’s End and A Room with a View, for both of which she received an Academy Award.

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala