The winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for literature is British novelist Doris Lessing. The 87-year-old was informed of the news as she got out of a taxi at her north London home.
A journalist said: “We are photographing you. Have you heard the news?”
“No,” Lessing replied.
“You have won the Nobel Prize for literature.”
“Christ. Thank you. It has been going on now for 30 years. One can get more excited. I have won all the prizes in Europe, every bloody one, so I am delighted to win them all, the whole lot. It is a Royal Flush.”
Lessing becomes the 11th woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature.
Born to British parents in what was then Persia, she grew up in former Rhodesia. Dropping out of school at the age of 13, she was a self-educated intellectual.
Her life as a novelist started in 1950 with “The Grass is Singing,” which examines the relationship between a white farmer’s wife and her black servant.
Her 1962 novel “The Golden Notebook” was widely considered her breakthrough work.