In October 2013 Nobel prize winner V.S. Naipaul’s childhood home, featured in his novel, A House for Mr. Biswas, will open as a literary museum. The house is located in St. James, a suburb in the Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), and will display many of the original furnishings and items featured in the novel.
See here for details about V.S. Naipaul’s papers housed at the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, McFarlin Library, University of Tulsa.
The Literary Museum, which will be called “The Biswas House: Family home of Seepersad and Droapatie Naipaul” childhood residence of renowned Trinidad and Tobago Author V.S. Naipaul, is carded to open its doors to the general public on October 2nd 2013. This has been stated by Professor Kenneth Ramchand, Chairman of the group, Friends of Mr. Biswas, who were entrusted with the task to manage and develop the house through an Act of Parliament, in 2000. This is a wonderful achievement in our history as other individuals and groups such as the Citizens for Conservation continue to lobby for the preservation and restoration of a number of historical buildings and sites in Trinidad and Tobago.
I’m hoping that the Diasporic Literary Archives team will be able to visit The Biswas House when we hold our next meeting in Port of Spain on 25-26 March 2014.
All the members of the Diasporic Literary Archives team enjoyed their visit to the Naipaul family house in Port of Spain on 24 March 2014. It was wonderful to be hosted and entertained by the sister of V. S. Naipaul and Shiva Naipaul, who provided us with fascinating insights (and some acute remarks about her brothers!).