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Author Seth Gets British Honor

February 15, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ Indian author Vikram Seth, best known for his award-winning novel ``A Suitable Boy,″ has received one of Britain’s top honors for his services to literature.

The award of the CBE, or Commander of the Order of the British Empire, was announced earlier in the year by Queen Elizabeth II and given to Seth on Wednesday by Culture Secretary Chris Smith.

``His works have found great success in this country with critics and public alike,″ Smith said during a Ministry of Culture reception on Wednesday.

Seth, born in Calcutta in 1952, left India to study at Oxford University, earning degrees in philosophy, economics, and politics.

He has published six books of poetry and three novels since 1980. ``A Suitable Boy,″ winner of the W.H. Smith Prize in 1993, has sold more than 1 million copies.

His latest novel, ``An Equal Music,″ is about the troubled love life of a violinist.

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