Ruth Prawer Jhabvala prefers novels
For screenwriter and novelist Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, 65, the past few weeks have been exciting. Her 11th novel, Poet and Dancer (Doubleday, $19.95), an elegant tale of offbeat passions, has been published to good reviews, and her screenplay for Howards End has won an Oscar. The third partner in the Merchant-Ivory film-production team, Jhabvala is also the pen behind such gorgeous cinematic pieces as A Room With a View, The Europeans, and, of course, Howards End. Is she pleased by the Oscar?