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Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing dies at 94

The literary world mourns on hearing that Doris Lessing, the Nobel-prize winning author of The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing, among more than 50 novels covering subjects from politics to science fiction, died peacefully on November 17th at her London home aged 94.

“They said, you will never get the Nobel Prize because we don’t like you, and they sent a special official to tell me so,” Lessing said in 2007 when she won the prize. “I mean the whole thing is so graceless and stupid. And bad-mannered. That’s what they are.

Doris Lessing reacts to winning the Nobel Prize

Her younger son, Peter, whom she cared for through years of illness, died three weeks ago.

The biographer Michael Holroyd, her friend and executor, said her contribution to literature was “outstandingly rich and innovative”. He called her themes “universal and international … They ranged from the problems of post-colonial Africa to the politics of nuclear power, the emergence of a new woman’s voice and the spiritual dimensions of 20th-century civilisation. Few writers have as broad a range of subject and sympathy…[more from the Guardian]

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