Autobiographical elements in the novels of R.K. Narayan


  • G.R.K. Murthy
  • Dr. Pravin Joshi


Autobiographical., Fiction, Memoir, Auto fiction


An autobiographical novel is a form of novel using auto fiction techniques, or merging of autobiographical and fictive elements. The literary technique is distinguished from an autobiography or memoir by the stipulation of being fiction. An autobiographical novel is partially fiction. Names and locations are often changed and events are recreated to make them more dramatic but the story bears a close resemblance to that of the author’s life.  Events may be exaggerated or altered for artistic or thematic purpose. Charles Dicken’s “David Copperfield” is the best example for an autobiographical novel.  R.K. Narayan needs no introduction in the literary world. The contribution of R.K. Narayan to the corpus of Indian Writing in English is his humor which is at once fresh and original.  This paper is an attempt to show the autobiographical elements in the novels of R.K. Narayan.


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How to Cite

G.R.K. Murthy, & Dr. Pravin Joshi. (2018). Autobiographical elements in the novels of R.K. Narayan. Research Inspiration: An International Multidisciplinary E-Journal, 4(I), 32–35. Retrieved from