First novel: The Tailor's Needle, first published in the UK, now published by Penguin Books India.
First collection of short stories: Marriages are Made in India, now an ebook published by Publerati, USA, Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other stores
Born in 1954 in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Teaching in the English department of the University of Allahabad since more than thirty years.
Son of a landed agriculturalist and a talented mother, I was under the shadow of two brothers and two sisters who were highly accomplished. My father told me a number of stories and was a major formative influence on me.
I have been a teacher of English Literature at the University of Allahabad for over three decades. I've taught Shakespeare and could not escape being struck by his magic. Contemporary literary theories have further made me think and write in certain ways. Life in the Indian Sub-continent has constructed my consciousness of what we are and what the West is.
Lakshmi Raj Sharma is a professor of English at the University of Allahabad. He lives in Allahabad with his professor wife, Bandana, and etymologist son, Dhruv. His first collection of stories, Marriages are Made in India, has now been published as an e-book by Publerati, USA. His first novel, The Tailor’s Needle, first published in the UK, is published by Penguin Books India, in 2012. His article, “Charles Dickens and Me” has been published in 2012 by the Oxford journal, English. Several of his stories and articles are published in American and British journals.
Birth Place: Mirzapur, India
Accomplishments: Have published several books and articles of literary scholarship. Have written and directed more than ten plays. Have published a story-collection -- Marriages are made in India -- and another one -- Contemporary Woman -- is on its way to publication just as my second novel, Emancipation, is.
Major influences as a writerThe list is long. Great Expectations, Bleak House, Hard Times, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Silas Marner, The Vicar of Wakefield, Crime and Punishment, Dracula, The Old Man and the Sea, Animal Farm, all of Jane Austen, Jane Eyre, Bliss and Other Stories, A Passage to India, Women in Love, Gone with the Wind, all of R. K. Narayan, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Arms and the Man, A Dollís House and The Ramayana are some that come to my mind.
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