Doris Lessing Wins Nobel Prize for Literature


Doris Lessing, author of dozens of works from short stories to science fiction, including the classic “The Golden Notebook,” won the Nobel Prize for literature Thursday. She was praised by the judges for her “skepticism, fire and visionary power.”The Swedish academy’s announcement was stunning even by the standards of Nobel judges, who have been known for such surprises as Austria’s Elfriede Jelinek and Italy’s Dario Fo.

Lessing, 11 days short of her 88th birthday, is the oldest choice ever for a prize that usually goes to authors in their 50s and 60s.

Get the full scoop on this story—read more about this surprising winner at NPR.

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2 thoughts on “Doris Lessing Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

  1. What a great photo of Lessing! Aren’t you glad she didn’t fill that face with Botox, Restylane and other injectables? There’s so much in that picture …

    By my lights, this award was stunning only in how overdue it was. When I was the book editor of The Plain Dealer in the late 1980s and 1990s and covered the Nobel Prizes annually, Lessing’s was a name you heard mentioned as a candidate every year (and I was one of those who was always surprised when she DIDN’T get it). That was especially true the year that Dario Fo got the award. It wasn’t that he was unworthy but that he was so little known in the U.S., the prize was a shock even to many full-time critics.

    Did you mean that it was stunning because of her age? Or were you thinking of something else?
    Jan Harayda
    One-Minute Book Reviews

  2. Hi!

    Thanks so much for your comments! I meant stunning because it is so unusual for someone of her age to be chosen as a winner.

    Just FYI for our readers…Lessing’s short story “Through the Tunnel” is a standard reading in our district for 10th grade English courses. đŸ™‚

    Mrs. Hamilton

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