Seepersad Naipaul

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Seepersad Naipaul
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Native name शिव प्रसाद नायपॉल
Born 1906
Trinidad and Tobago
Died 1953
Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Occupation Journalist and author
Language English and Hindustani
Nationality Trinidadian
Citizenship British
Notable works The Adventures of Gurudeva
Years active 1929-1953
Spouse Droapatie Naipaul (née Capildeo)
Children V. S. Naipaul, Shiva Naipaul, Kamla Tewari (née Naipaul), Sati Bissoondath (née Naipaul), Savi Naipaul, Mira Naipaul, and Nalini Naipaul
Relatives Balkrishna Naipaul, Nadira Naipaul, Neil Bissoondath, Rudranath Capildeo, Simbhoonath Capildeo, Vahni Capildeo, Surendranath Capildeo, and Capildeo family

Seepersad Naipaul (/ˈnpɔːl, nˈpɔːl/; 1906–1953) was a writer of Indo-Trinidadian heritage. He was the father of V. S. Naipaul, Shiva Naipaul, Kamla Tewari (née Naipaul), and Sati Bissoondath (née Naipaul), and married into the influential Hindu Indo-Trinidadian Capildeo family.


Seepersad Naipaul worked as a journalist on the Trinidad Guardian. He was the first Indo-Trinidadian reporter for the Trinidad Guardian. His only book, The Adventures of Gurudeva, is a collection of linked short stories that was first published in Trinidad and Tobago in 1943 (under the title Gurudeva and Other Indian Tales). The elder Naipaul wanted his son "Vido" (as he called him) to try to get his story collection published in London, in the hope that any money it earned would help the family escape from the poverty in which they lived in Trinidad and Tobago. The book was not published in London until after Seepersad's death.[1]

Between Father and Son: Family Letters (edited by Gillon Aitken), correspondence with V. S. Naipaul, and other family members, dating from around the time Vidia won a scholarship to Oxford University until the older Naipaul's death, was published in 1999, and extracted in The New Yorker.[2]

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  1. ^ London: André Deutsch, with a foreword by V. S. Naipaul, 1976. ISBN 0-233-96758-3
  2. ^ V. S. Naipaul, Personal History, "Letters Between Father and Son", The New Yorker, December 13, 1999, p. 66.