A great writer requires a great biography, and a great biography must tell the truth. V. S. Naipaul (illustrated left by Joe Ciardiello) wanted his monument built while he was still alive, and, sticking to his own ruthless literary code, he was willing to pay the full price.
The Authorized Biography of V. S. Naipaul
By Patrick French
Illustrated. 554 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $30