02 Jun '11, 2pm

Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul is under fire for saying he does not regard any female authors as his equal

LONDON - NOBEL-WINNING writer V.S. Naipaul faced criticism on Thursday for saying he does not regard any female authors as his equal, even famed novelist Jane Austen, because they are 'sentimental'. The Trinidad-born Naipaul, who has been no stranger to controversy in the past, said the work of female writers was inferior partly because they are not the 'complete master of a house'. 'Women writers are different, they are quite different. I read a piece of writing and within a paragraph or two I know whether it is by a woman or not. I think (it is) unequal to me,' he told the London Evening Standard newspaper. The 78-year-old - who won the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature for works such as his semi-autobiographical novel A House for Mr Biswas - said this was due to women's 'sentimentality, the narrow view of the world'. He added: 'And inevitably for a woman, she is not a comp...

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