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Author Doris Lessing dies

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Nov 17, 2013 | 11:03am EST

British author Doris Lessing has died at the age of 94. The writer passed away at her London home on Sunday (17Nov13), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lessing penned more than 50 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry including The Golden Notebook, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark. She became the oldest recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007, when she won the award for her life's work, aged 88. Lessing was born to British parents in Persia (now Iran) and she grew up Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), where she dropped out of school at 13 and left home at 15 to work as a nursemaid. She sold two short stories to magazines in South Africa and moved to London, where he first novel, The Grass is Singing, was published. Her most famous book, The Golden Notebook, hit bookshelves in 1962. Paying tribute to the longtime HarperCollins writer, Charlie Redmayne, the publishing house's UK CEO says, "Doris Lessing was a one of the great writers of our age. She was a compelling storyteller with a fierce intellect and a warm heart who was not afraid to fight for what she believed in. It was an honour for HarperCollins to publish her."

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