First screenplay

“Merchant and Ivory came to India and filmed one of my books—they said: ‘Why don’t you write the screenplay?’ I said I’d never written a screenplay and I hadn’t seen many films… So they said, ‘Well, try. We haven’t made a feature film before.’ So that was really my introduction into film.”

— Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (1927-2013) Remains of the Day, Howards End, A Room With a View

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala The Paris Review Memorium

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala on adaptation.  WGA Video Interview. (10:30)

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