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Smith, Zadie. (b. 1975).

L i f e

- born to a Jamaican mother and an English father as Sadie Smith, later changed her name to Zadie

W o r k

- compared to Salman Rushdie in subject: her first novel is concerned with deconstructing Western mythologies of racial stereotypes

- also compared to Martin Amis in style

White Teeth (2000):

- told through the interrelated stories of three ethnically different London-based families: Indian, Jamaican, and English

- focuses at multiple themes: the influence of history, the search for identity, the ethics of science

- shows an effective use of humour and critical insight

> an immediate success, translated into over twenty languages

The Autograph Man (2002):

- a story of loss, obsession, and the nature of celebrity

- as in the former novel uses humour x but: shifts towards a postmodern irony against oneself

On Beauty (2005):

< heavily draws on E. M. Forster's Howards End (1910)

- contrasts an English white liberal who demands censorship x a conservative English Afro-Caribbean who questions the effectiveness of positive discrimination

- concludes with an affirmation of Forster's epigraph "only connect", with an assertion that connections in human relationships are essential for a happy life

Fail Better: The Morality of the Novel (2006):

- a literary critical collection of essays on 20th century writers


(Photo: Penguin).

  • Author

    Born Sadie Smith. Now Zadie Smith. (b. 1975). British.
  • Work

    Novelist. Short story writer. Non-fiction writer. Author of White Teeth (2000).
  • Genres

    Postmodern fiction. Literary criticism.


"Zadie Smith". Contemporary Writers. The British Council.

"Zadie Smith". Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation.


"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

From Fail Better: The Morality of the Novel (2006).


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