Nobel-Winning Author Lessing Dies at 94

'The Golden Notebook' scribe said Nobel win was a 'bloody disaster'

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 17, 2013 9:14 AM CST

(Newser) – Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning, free-thinking, world-traveling, and often-polarizing author of The Golden Notebook and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, has died. She was 94. Her publisher, HarperCollins says that the author of more than 50 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, died peacefully early today.

Lessing explored topics ranging from colonial Africa to dystopian Britain, from the mystery of being female to the unknown worlds of science fiction. She won the Nobel Literature prize in 2007. The Swedish Academy praised Lessing for her "skepticism, fire, and visionary power." In an interview the following year, the always-frank Lessing called her win a "bloody disaster," saying that it left her no time to write. "All I do is give interviews and spend time being photographed," she complained, urging young writers to "use it while you've got it because it'll go. It's sliding away like water down a plughole." The BBC has a full obituary here.

In this April 17, 2006 file photo, Writer Doris Lessing, 86, sits in her home in north London.
In this April 17, 2006 file photo, Writer Doris Lessing, 86, sits in her home in north London.   (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)
In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 file photo, Nobel literature laureate, Doris Lessing holds up the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature medal.
In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 file photo, Nobel literature laureate, Doris Lessing holds up the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature medal.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
Nobel literature laureate, Doris Lessing, reacts after being presented with the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature medal.
Nobel literature laureate, Doris Lessing, reacts after being presented with the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature medal.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
British writer Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature, talks to members of the media, outside her home in north London, Thursday Oct. 11, 2007.
British writer Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature, talks to members of the media, outside her home in north London, Thursday Oct. 11, 2007.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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