- NAME: Doris Lessing
- OCCUPATION: Author
- BIRTH DATE: October 22, 1919
- DEATH DATE: November 17, 2013
- Did You Know?: Doris Lessing declined to become a dame of the British Empire as she felt there there was no longer a British Empire.
- Did You Know?: In 2007, at the age of 88, Doris Lessing became the oldest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Kermanshah, Persia (now Iran), Iran
- PLACE OF DEATH: London, United Kingdom
- Maiden Name: Doris May Tayler
- AKA: Jane Somers
- Full Name: Doris May Lessing
- AKA: Doris Tayler
- AKA: Doris Lessing
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Winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature, Doris Lessing wrote across a range of genres and detailed the conflicts inherent to a changing society.
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The accolades Lessing received throughout her long career include the Somerset Maugham Award (1954), France's Prix Médicis (1976) and being shortlisted multiple times for the Man Booker Prize. In 1999, she was recognized by the British government as a Companion of Honour.
Most notably, Lesson was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2007. She was only the 11th woman to become a Nobel laureate in literature and the oldest recipient,
at the age of 88. Upon winning, she told reporters, "I've won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one. I'm delighted to win them all, the whole lot. It's a royal flush."
Doris Lessing died peacefully at her London home on November 17, 2013, at the age of 94. The prolific author left a legacy of more than 55 works that spanned literary genres, weaving rich narratives of her personal experiences and political perspectives.
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