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Doris Lessing: Nobel Prize-Winning Author Dies At 94

Sun, November 17, 2013 11:31am EDT by 2 Comments
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So sad. One of the most important feminist writers ever passed away peacefully on Nov. 17 in her London home. She was 94 years old.

Doris Lessing, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007 and wrote important modern classics like The Golden Notebook and Memoirs of a Survivor, has passed away. The talented author died peacefully in her home in London on Nov. 17, her publisher, Harper Collins, said in a statement.

Doris Lessing: Author Dies At 94

“Doris Lessing was one of the great writers of our age,” Charlie Redmayne, CEO of Harper Collins, said. “She was a compelling storyteller with a fierce intellect and a warm heart who was not afraid to fight for what she believed in.”

Charlie’s high praise is well-deserved. Doris became the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature when she won it at the age of 88 in 2007. It was an award that summed up her long, decorated career, which was highlighted by important works like The Summer Before Dark and The Golden Notebook. The latter is considered to be one of the most important feminist novels ever written in the way it eloquently depicted the male-female relationship in the 20th Century.

Upon winning the Nobel Prize, the Swedish committee described Doris as an “epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilization to scrutiny,” according to BBC.

Though Doris lived a full life, passing at the age of 94, she will be missed. She is survived by her daughter Jean and her granddaughters Anna and Susannah. Our thoughts and prayers are with them and the rest of Doris’ friends and family in this difficult time. At least they can take solace in the fact that her thoughtful words will live on forever.

— Andrew Gruttadaro

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