Nobel Prizes and Laureates

Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2007
Doris Lessing

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Doris Lessing - Facts

Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

Born: 22 October 1919, Kermanshah, Persia (now Iran)

Died: 17 November 2013, London, United Kingdom

Residence at the time of the award: United Kingdom

Prize motivation: "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny"

Field: prose

Language: English

Prize share: 1/1

Showed Some of Our Time's Important Concerns

Doris Lessing was brought up in southern Rhodesia. She left school at fourteen, married when she was twenty and had two children, divorced, married a communist, had a son and divorced. In 1949 she moved to London with her youngest, and established herself as a writer. Her first novel, 'The Grass is Singing' (1950), is a study of unbridgeable racial conflicts. Doris Lessing wrote over fifty books, including novels, short stories, plays and non-fiction, often with strong ethical focus and engagement with society. And as few others have done, she has personified the woman's role in the 20th century.

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