Some moving words from the recently departed Doris Lessing.
Doris Lessing, who has died aged 94, was not impressed when she got the news she’d won the Nobel Prize in 2007, as the very entertaining video below will show you. Unable to travel to Sweden for the awards ceremony, her Nobel lecture was delivered in Stockholm by Nicholas Pearson, her publisher in the UK; while she was presented with the award at a special event in London, where her publisher, HarperCollins, announced the gift of 10,000 books to Zimbabwe in her honour.
We’d expect a Nobel Laureate in Literature to have something impressive to say. Nonetheless, Lessing’s Nobel lecture is a stunner. It is reproduced below, videos and text may all be found on the Nobel website, here. To hear the great author speak in person, watch this interview given one year later, to Professor John Mullen.
I am standing in a doorway looking through clouds of…
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