Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-winning author of The Golden Notebook and The Grass is Singing has died at the age of 94.
Lessing received the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 88 becoming the oldest person to ever receive the honour. She was the eleventh woman to receive the award.
Lessing had written over 50 novels ranging from political to science fiction.
The citation from the Swedish Academy called her "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny".
In 2001, Lessing was awarded the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British Literature. Twitter was quick to react to the news of her death.
Though Lessing was born in Iran and raised in the African bush in Zimbabwe, she was a London resident and luminary for more than half a century.
Doris Lessing shows her prize insignia of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. (AFP Photo)
Author and critic Lisa Jardine described her death as a "huge loss"
Agent Carole Blake described her as an "amazing writer and woman"
Writer Lisa Appignanesi wrote:
Fans and readers expressed their grief and paid their respects to her in their own way on Twitter:
Few on Twitter even quoted her as homage: