George K. Mannickarottu popularly known as George Mannickarottu or just Mannickarottu is a Malayalam writer who is credited with publishing the first Malayalam novel in America in 1982; Jeevithathinte Kanneer (Tears of Life). He is also author of the Americayile Malayala Sahithya Charithram (History of Malayalam Literature in America). Mannickarottu also has received several awards for his literary works including the first Federation of Kerala Associations in North America (FOKANA) literary award. His first two novels Jeevithathinte Kanneer and Agniyudham were written while he was in North India but published after his immigration to the United States of America. Another novel, America, is an historical novel relating the Malayalee Community in America since its inception through a quarter century of their life in America. He has also written short stories, essays and history.
Born May 28, 1944 in the North part of Pattazhi, a village in Quilon District, Kerala State, South India, later-on moved to another village called Kaithaparmabe north of Pattazhi and south of Pathanamthitta District. Mannickarottu married a nurse, and moved to the USA. He now lives in Stafford, Texas, USA. George Mannickarottu is widely acknowledged as an accomplished novelist, essayist (including satirical and humorous), and short-story writer. He is also a literary critic, publisher and editor.