Born in Springs, South Africa, 20/11/1923. Daughter of Isidore and Nan Gordimer. Has lived all her life, and continues to live, in South Africa.
Principal works: 10 novels, including A Guest of Honour, The Conservationist, Burger's Daughter, July's People, A Sport of Nature, My Son's Story and her most recent, None to Accompany Me.
10 short story collections, the most recent Jump, published 1991, and Why Haven't You Written: Selected Stories 1950-1972, published 1992.
Non-fiction: The Essential Gesture; On the Mines; The Black Interpreters.
Among honorary degrees: from Yale, Harvard, Columbia, New School for Social Research, USA; University of Leuven, Belgium, University of York (England), Universities of Cape Town and the Witwatersrand (South Africa), Cambridge University (England).
Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).
Vice-President of International PEN.
From Nobel Lectures, Literature 1991-1995, Editor Sture Allén, World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 1997
This autobiography/biography was written at the time of the award and first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above.Copyright © The Nobel Foundation 1991
Married to Reinhold Cassirer.
14 novels, including A Guest of Honour, The Conservationist, Burger's Daughter, July's People, The Pickup, and her most recent Get A Life, published 2005.
11 short story collections, the most recent Loot, published 2003, and Jump 1992.
Honorary Member American Academy of Arts & Sciences,
Honorary Member American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters,
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature,
Goodwill Ambassador UNDP.
Order of The Southers Cross, South Africa,
Order of Friendship, Republic of Cuba,
Presidential Medal of Honour of the Republic of Chile.
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