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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Doris Lessing, Nobel Prize recipient died today in her home in London, she was 94.
Doris Lessing, the uninhibited and outspoken novelist who won the 2007 Nobel Prize for a lifetime of writing that shattered convention, both social and artistic, died on Sunday at her home in London. She was 94.  Her death was confirmed by her publisher, HarperCollins. Clink on the headline above for the full story from the New York Times.

"Ms. Lessing produced dozens of novels, short stories, essays and poems, drawing on a childhood in the central African bush, the teachings of Eastern mystics and years of involvement with grass-roots Communist groups. She embarked on dizzying and, at times, stultifying literary experiments.
"It was this figure, 10 years later, who approached her house in sensible shoes to find journalists gathered at her door waiting to tell her that she had won the Nobel Prize for literature. “Oh, Christ!“ she said upon hearing the news. “I couldn’t care less.”
"Her breakthrough novel, “The Golden Notebook,” a structurally inventive and loosely autobiographical tale, remained her best-known work. The 1962 book was daring in its day for its frank exploration of the inner lives of women who, unencumbered by marriage, were free to raise children, or not, and pursue work and their sex lives as they chose. Her editor at HarperCollins, Nicholas Pearson, said on Sunday that “The Golden Notebook” had been a handbook for a whole generation." - from The New York Times
Come in to the Merrick Library today to pickup the many Lessing titles we have on our shelves. 

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