Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and author of The Golden Notebook, has died aged 94. The British author died peacefully at her London home in the early hours of this morning, a spokesman said.
Tributes to the late Nobel Prize winning author Doris Lessing have poured in from friends and colleagues, who have heralded her as "completely inspirational" and "one of the great writers of our age."
Doris has been called a visionary and, to be in her company, which was a privilege I had as her editor towards the end of her writing life, was to experience something of that. Even in very old age she was always intellectually restless, reinventing herself, curious about the changing world around us, always completely inspirational. We'll miss her hugely.
– Nicholas Pearson, her editor at HarperCollins
[She was an] epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny.
– Nobel Prize Academy
Doris Lessing was 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.
– Charlie Redmayne, HarperCollins' UK chief executive
Doris Lessing, who died today aged 94, was the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize and only the 11th woman to win the award when she given the prestigious prize in 2007.
The British author was born in Persia (modern day Iran) in 1919 and then grew up in Southern Rhodesia before emigrating to London after the Second World War with the manuscript of her first novel, The Grass Is Singing, in her suitcase.
It was published in 1950 and across the course of her life she produced 54 further works, including poetry, two operas, short stories, plays and non-fiction.
In 2007 aged 88, she won the Nobel Prize for Literature.