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.
Author and critic Lisa Jardine described her death as a "huge loss"
Agent Carole Blake described her as an "amazing writer and woman"
Sad to hear the news of Doris Lessing's death. Amazing writer, and woman.— Carole Blake (@caroleagent) November 17, 2013
Writer Lisa Appignanesi wrote:
Fans and readers expressed their grief and paid their respects to her in their own way on Twitter:
So sad about Doris Lessing.
— Lynn Matheson (@LynnLmat) November 17, 2013
Have read nearly everything Doris Lessing has written. A great writer, a progressive feminist & lady of grace. Her thinking will be missed.— Clarkston Tennis (@TennisClarkston) November 17, 2013
#DorisLessing's The Grass is Singing remains one of the best books to come out of Zimbabwe.— Tinashe Mushakavanhu (@tinsmush) November 17, 2013
The Golden Notebook had a profound impact on me when I first read it. Everyone should (re)read it, I'm starting tonight. #DorisLessing— Tom (@uhtceare) November 17, 2013
Doris Lessing. You have contributed greatly to our world.— Liberatum (@LiberatumGlobal) November 17, 2013
Doris Lessing, may you rest in peace. I've spent many hours reading your books, and more hours are to come.— Henrik Andersson (@henke963) November 17, 2013
Woke up the news that Doris Lessing has passed away. So sad.— Allison Eck (@allisonceck) November 17, 2013
RIP Doris Lessing, who deserved the Nobel Prize at least 20 years before she got it.— Alan Jacobs (@ayjay) November 17, 2013
Few on Twitter even quoted her as homage:
"Words. Words. I play with words, hoping that some combination, even a chance combination, will say what I want." ? Doris Lessing.— Barry Malone (@malonebarry) November 17, 2013
A timely reading: The Golden Book #DorisLessing "Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible."— Olivia Bernard (@OliviaB_Bernard) November 17, 2013