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Raja Rao (b. 1909), along with Mulk Raj Anand and R. K. Narayan, constitutes the great trio of the Indian English novel. His important novels include Kanthapura (1938), The Serpent and the Rope (1960) and The Cat and Shakespeare (1965). He won the Sahitya Akademi Award for The Serpent and the Rope and the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for literature for The Chessmaster and His Moves. The Cow of the Barricades (1947) and The Policeman and the Rose (1977) are the collections of Raja Rao's famous short stories.