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Paul Scott’s Staying On: After the Empire (17120)

Thursday, December 14, 2 to 4 p.m.

$40 (10% off for members)

In this Booker Prize-winning postscript to The Raj Quartet, Paul Scott examines the English in India after the dissolution of the British Empire. We revisit the lush Pankot, a garden district now made the setting of a hotel monstrosity, a symbol of new India. In the backward household of Lucy Smalley and her husband Tusker, the former glory of administrators begins to go to seed, yielding comic material in its wake. Scott remarked that the true subject of the novel was the falling apart of a marriage which mirrored his own, during the Raj writing years: “the actual business, rebarbative and mysterious, ironic and upsetting, of living with other people.” In addition to giving center-stage to minor English characters who never left, Staying On revisits the fates of the major characters (such as Sarah Layton and Guy Perron) who returned and readapted to England.   A departure from The Raj Quartet in tone, Staying On is nonetheless a darkly comic sequel which aptly draws upon the disappointments of the postcolonial situation.

For fans of the Raj Quartet, as well as new readers of Paul Scott, and the novels of Anglo-India, “an elegiac farewell to the Raj.” 

Staying On, Paul Scott

Nicole Miller’s prize-winning essays have appeared recently in New Letters and Arts & Letters magazines. Her fiction has been published twice in The May Anthology of Short Stories, edited by Jill Paton Walsh and Sebastian Faulks. She received an M.Phil in Victorian Literature from Lincoln College, Oxford; a PhD in English at University College, London; and an MFA at Emerson College, Boston, where she held the Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. At The Oxford English Dictionary, she has served as a scholarly reader for British Dialects since 2002. She edits faculty manuscripts in Harvard’s English Department and teaches nineteenth and twentieth century British literature at Politics & Prose in Washington D.C.

She also leads fiction workshops at Grub Street in Boston, and is an emerging writer in residence at Kingston University, Kingston-upon-Thames, U.K.

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ISBN: 9780226743493
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Published: University of Chicago Press - October 1st, 1998