Nadine Gordimer was born on November 20, 1923 in Springs, South Africa into a privileged white family. She published her first story at age 15. Her fiction has tended to explore the effect of apartheid on the lives of South Africans, with some of her work being banned in her home country due to its critiques of the system. Her novels and short-story collections include The Conservationist (1974), Crimes of Conscience (1991) and Get a Life (2005). Gordimer won the 1991 Nobel Prize for Literature, among a host of accolades and honors. She died in Johannesburg on July 13, 2014.
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