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Nadine Gordimer

Born: November 23, 1923 (age 83)
Springs, Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa
Occupation: Playwright, Novelist
Nationality: South African
Debut works: The Lying Day (Novel)
Face to Face (Short story)
The First Circle (Play)
The Essential Gesture (Non-fiction)

Nadine Gordimer (born 20 November 1923) is a South African novelist and writer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in literature and 1974 Booker Prize. Image File history File links Gordimer. ... November 23 is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 38 days remaining. ... {{year nav|1939 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Springs is a city in Gauteng province, South Africa and is part of the East Rand region. ... City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... Employment is a contract between two parties, one being the employer and the other being the employee. ... Template:Unsourced A playwright, also known as a dramatist, is someone who writes dramatic literature or drama. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... November 20 is the 324th day of the year (325th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... {{year nav|1939 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nobel Prize in Literature medal. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in...

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Early life

She was born in Springs, Gauteng, an East Rand mining town outside Johannesburg, the daughter of Isidore and Nan Gordimer. Her parents were both Jewish immigrants, her father having emigrated from Lithuania, and her mother from London. Springs is a city in Gauteng province, South Africa and is part of the East Rand region. ... A map of Gauteng, showing the East Rand. ... This article is about mineral extraction. ... City motto: Unity in Development Province Gauteng Mayor Amos Masondo Area  - % water 1,644 km² 0. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Gordimer was educated at a Catholic convent school, and was largely home-bound as a child because of family fears that she had a weak heart. She began writing at an early age, and published her first stories in 1937 at the age of fifteen.[1] Her first published work was a short story for children, "The Quest for Seen Gold," which appeared in the Children's Sunday Express in 1937; "Come Again Tomorrow," another children's story, appeared in Forum around the same time. Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Early adulthood and literary career

Gordimer studied for a year at Witwatersrand University but did not complete her degree. Instead, she continued to write, publishing mostly in local South African magazines. She collected many of these early stories in Face to Face, published in 1949. The University of the Witwatersrand is a leading South African university situated in Johannesburg. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...


In 1951, the New Yorker accepted Gordimer's story "A Watcher of the Dead",[2] beginning a long relationship. Gordimer, who has said she believes the short story is the literary form for our age,[3] has continued to publish short stories, often in the New Yorker as well as other prominent literary journals. 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday; see its calendar. ... New Yorker may refer to: the magazine, The New Yorker a resident of New York City the hotel New Yorker a named passenger train operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad between Detroit, MI and New York, NY This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that...


Gordimer's first novel, The Lying Days, was published in 1953. In 1954, she married Reinhold Cassirer, a highly respected art dealer who established the South African Sotheby's and later ran his own gallery; their "wonderful marriage"[4] lasted until his death from emphysema in 2001. It was her second marriage and his third. Their son, Hugo, was born in 1955, and is today a filmmaker in New York. Gordimer has collaborated with her son on at least two documentaries. 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


Recognition and continued political engagement

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During the 1960s and 1970s she taught at several universities in the United States. She demanded that South Africa re-examine and replace its long held policy of apartheid. Most of her works deal with the moral and psychological tensions of her racially divided home country. Three of her books were banned in her home country by the apartheid regime, but she won international recognition for her work. Image File history File links Wikiquote-logo-en. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Template:A year The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... A segregated beach in South Africa, 1982. ...


She was first recognized internationally with the W. H. Smith Commonwealth Literary Award (England) in 1961, followed by the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (England) in 1972. In 1974 she won the Booker Prize for her novel The Conservationist. She has also been recognized in South Africa with the CNA Prize (1974, 1975, 1980); in France with the Grand Aigle d'Or (1975); in Scotland with the Scottish Arts Council Neil M. Gunn Fellowship (1981); in the United States with the Modern Language Association Award (1982) and the Bennett Award (1987); in Italy with the Premio Malaparte (1985); in Germany with the Nelly Sachs Prize (1986). She refused to accept "shortlisting" in 1988 for the Orange Prize, because it is an award that recognizes only women writers. Her international recognition culminated with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, which noted that Gordimer "through her magnificent epic writing has — in the words of Alfred Nobel — been of very great benefit to humanity".[5] The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in... The Conservationist is a 1974 novel by 1991 Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer. ... The Orange Prize for Fiction Launched in 1996 for female writers, the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction is the United Kingdoms largest annual literary award for a single novel. ... The Nobel Prize in literature is awarded annually to an author from any country who has produced the most outstanding work of an idealistic tendency. The work in this case generally refers to an authors work as a whole, not to any individual work, though individual works are sometimes...


A founding member of the Congress of South African Writers, Gordimer has been awarded numerous honorary degrees (the first being Doctor Honoris Causa at Leuven University in Belgium), as well as France's Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ... The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (or K. U. Leuven, or in English Catholic University of Leuven - also the translated name of its French-speaking sister university) is a Flemish university, located in the town of Leuven in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking (northern) region of Belgium. ...


Recent Events

Gordimer was the subject of a 2006 biography by Ronald Suresh Roberts, which she repudiated after its publication.[6] Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ...


Gordimer was robbed at her home in the Parktown suburb of Johannesburg in October, 2006. She later said the four men responsible were products of a society grappling with the legacy of South Africa's past, and suggested that providing education, training and employment was the way to reduce crime, not more police.[7] Look up October in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...


Bibliography

Fiction

1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Conservationist is a 1974 novel by 1991 Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in... Burgers Daughter is a novel by South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer, originally published in Britain in 1979 by Jonathan Cape Ltd. ... For the song by The Smashing Pumpkins, see 1979 (song). ... Julys People is a 1982 novel by 1991 Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... The Pickup is a novel written in 2001 by South African writer Nadine Gordimer. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Get a Life (2005) is an ecological novel by South African writer Nadine Gordimer. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Short story collections

  • Face to Face (1949)
  • Town and Country Lovers
  • The Soft Voice of the Serpent (1952)
  • Six feet of the Country (1956)
  • Not for Publication (1965)
  • Livingstone's Companions (1970)
  • Selected Stories (1975)
  • No Place Like: Selected Stories (1978)
  • A Soldier's Embrace (1980)
  • Something Out There (1984)
  • Correspondence Course and other Stories (1984)
  • The Moment Before the Gun Went Off (1988)
  • Jump: And Other Stories (1991)
  • Why Haven't You Written: Selected Stories 1950-1972 (1992)
  • Something for the Time Being 1950-1972 (1992)
  • Loot: And Other Stories (2003)

1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Plays

  • The First Circle (1949) pub. in Six One-Act Plays

1949 (MCMXLIX) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1949 calendar). ...

Essays

  • The Essential Gesture (1988)
  • The Black Interpreters (1973)
  • Writing and Being (1995)

1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Other works

  • On the Mines (1973)
  • Lifetimes Under Apartheid (1986)
  • "Choosing for Justice: Allan Boesak" (1983) (documentary with Hugo Cassirer)
  • "Berlin and Johannesburg: The Wall and the Colour Bar" (documentary with Hugo Cassirer)

1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Adaptations of Gordimer's works

  • "The Gordimer Stories" (1981-82) - adaptations of seven of Gordimer's short stories; she wrote screenplays for four of them

References

  1. ^ "Nadine Gordimer", Guardian Unlimited (last visited Jan. 25, 2007).
  2. ^ New Yorker, June 9, 1951.
  3. ^ "Nadine Gordimer", Guardian Unlimited, at http://books.guardian.co.uk/authors/author/0,,96530,00.html .
  4. ^ "A writer's life: Nadine Gordimer", London Telegraph, April 6, 2003.
  5. ^ The Nobel Prize in Literature 1991, Nobel Prize Laureate biography.
  6. ^ Rachel Donadio, "Nadine Gordimer and the Hazards of Biography", New York Times, Dec. 31, 2006.
  7. ^ "Gordimer's sorrow for men who robbed her", Guardian Unlimited, November 2, 2006.

Further reading

  • Literary biography at LitWeb (2003)
  • Stephen Clingman, The Novels of Nadine Gordimer: History from the Inside (1986)
  • John Cooke, The Novels of Nadine Gordimer
  • Andrew Vogel Ettin, Betrayals of the Body Politic: The Literary Commitments of Nadine Gordimer (1993)
  • Nadine Gordimer, Nancy Topping Bazin, and Marilyn Dallman Seymour, Conversations with Nadine Gordimer (1990)
  • Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech (1991)
  • Dominic Head, Nadine Gordimer (1994)
  • Christopher Heywood, Nadine Gordimer (1983)
  • Ronald Suresh Roberts, No Cold Kitchen: A Biography of Nadine Gordimer (2005)
  • Rowland Smith, editor, Critical Essays on Nadine Gordimer (1990)
  • Barbara Temple-Thurston, Nadine Gordimer Revisited (1999) ISBN 0805746080
  • Kathrin Wagner, Rereading Nadine Gordimer (1994)
  • Louise Yelin, From the Margins of Empire: Christina Stead, Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer (1998)

See also

African Writers: This is a list of literary figures from Africa, including poets, novelists, childrens writers, essayists, and scholars. ...

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Gordimer has been a fervent campaigner against racism in South Africa and has long held an iconic status there; she is a champion of tolerance, free speech and understanding and her conviction and self-belief in refusing to become an exile, despite the banning of three of her works by the South African regime, is laudable.
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