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One of the great twentieth century novelists, and a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2007...
Doris May Lessing passed away peacefully in her home in the early hours of the morning, on Sunday 17th November, 2013.
Born in what is now Iran, she moved to Southern Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe - as a child before settling in England in 1949.
Lessing was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. In awarding the Prize the Swedish Academy described her as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny". Lessing was the eleventh woman and the oldest person ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
In 2001, Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British literature. In 2008, The Times ranked her fifth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
Book and writing awards
Companion of Literature of the Royal Society of Literature 2000, the David Cohen Prize 2001 and the Nobel Prize in Literature 2007