John Masters

Now, God Be Thanked by John Masters

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Now, God Be Thanked - Limited First Edition Society - 1979

Author John Masters

John Masters was a British author known for his compelling novels set against the backdrop of colonial and military life in India. Born on October 26, 1914, in Calcutta, British India (present-day Kolkata, India), Masters spent much of his early life in India, where his father served in the British Indian Army. This upbringing deeply influenced his writing, providing him with firsthand knowledge of the people, landscapes, and cultures of the region. Masters was educated in England, attending Wellington College and later Sandhurst Military Academy. He followed in his father's footsteps by joining the British Army, serving with distinction in India, Burma (now Myanmar), and the Middle East during World War II. His military experiences provided him with valuable insights into the complexities of colonial rule, warfare, and the human condition, which he would later draw upon in his writing.

After leaving the army, Masters embarked on a successful career as a writer. He published his first novel, Nightrunners of Bengal, in 1951, followed by a series of critically acclaimed novels set in India, including Bhowani Junction (1954) and The Ravi Lancers (1953). Masters' novels were praised for their vivid and authentic portrayal of life in British India, as well as for their nuanced exploration of themes such as identity, race, and colonialism. In addition to his novels, Masters wrote several works of non-fiction, including memoirs and military history. He also worked as a journalist and broadcaster, further establishing his reputation as an authority on Indian affairs and military history.

Masters' literary career spanned over five decades, during which he published numerous novels and received several awards and honors for his contributions to literature. His writing was admired for its meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and deep empathy for his characters. John Masters passed away on May 7, 1983, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, leaving behind a rich and enduring literary legacy. His novels continue to captivate readers with their evocative depictions of colonial India and their exploration of universal themes of love, honor, and the struggle for freedom.

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