Gordimer at the Göteborg Book Fair, 2010
20 November 1923|
Union of South Africa
|Died||13 July 2014
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Period||Apartheid-era South Africa|
|Notable work(s)||The Conservationist,
|Notable award(s)||Booker Prize
Nobel Prize in Literature
|Spouse(s)||Gerald Gavron (1949–?; divorced; 1 child)
Reinhold Cassirer (1954–2001; his death; 1 child)
Nadine Gordimer (20 November 1923 – 13 July 2014) was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. She was known as a woman "who through her magnificent epic writing has – in the words of Alfred Nobel – been of very great benefit to humanity". She was of Jewish descent.
Gordimer's writing helped abolishing apartheid in South Africa. She was active in the anti-apartheid movement, joining the African National Congress during the days when the organization was banned. Later on she was also active in HIV/AIDS causes.
Gordimer was one of 20 Nobel Laureates who signed the "Stockholm memorandum" at the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability in Stockholm, Sweden on 18 May 2011. Gordimer was born near Springs, a small town outside of Johannesburg on 20 November 1923.
Further reading[change | change source]
- Ronald Suresh Roberts, No Cold Kitchen: A Biography of Nadine Gordimer (2005)
- No Cold Kitchen: A Biography of Nadine Gordimer by Ronald Suresh Roberts (STE)
References[change | change source]
- "A Writer's Life: Nadine Gordimer", 3 April 2006, Telegraph.
- Glen Frankel (2013-12-05). "The Speech at Rivonia Trial that Changed History". Washington Post.
- Such as Peter Agre, Yuan T. Lee, Elinor Ostrom, Werner Arber, David Gross, James Mirrlees, Carlo Rubbia, Paul J. Crutzen, Mario J. Molina, Amartya Sen, Peter Doherty (scientist), Walter Kohn, Douglass North, John Sulston, Murray Gell-Mann, Harold Kroto, Douglas Osheroff, Muhammad Yunus
- "Stockholm Memorandum," Nobel-cause.de, 2011
- "The Nobel Prize in Literature 1991". Nobelprize. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- "SA novelist Nadine Gordimer dies". News24.com. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- "Nadine Gordimer dies aged 90". The Guardian. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Nadine Gordimer at Wikimedia Commons
|Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Nadine Gordimer|
- Index of New York Times articles on Gordimer
- Guide to the Gordimer manuscripts, 1934–1991 (Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana)
- Nadine Gordimer Collection at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin