Literature Nobel: Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy announced this morning, “that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny.”

Lessing was born in what was then part of Persia, and now lives in England.

So, I suppose there’s little chance she was educated in U.S. public schools . . .

The Nobel Peace Prize should be announced tomorrow, and the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics is scheduled for Monday.

One Response to Literature Nobel: Doris Lessing

  1. Joel McIntosh says:

    From the International Herald Tribune :

    > “This is pure political correctness,” American literary critic Harold Bloom,
    > commenting on Lessing’s Nobel, told The Associated Press. “Although Ms.
    > Lessing at the beginning of her writing career had a few admirable qualities,
    > I find her work for the past 15 years quite unreadable … fourth-rate
    > science fiction.”

    At this point, is there any doubt that Harold Bloom has become both irrelevant and a colossal asshole?

    Why the media continues to quote this anachronistic blowhard is beyond me.


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