Doris Lessing, the author of feminist mainstay The Golden Notebook, was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature today, the 11th woman to receive the honor. Lessing, who was attacked as "unfeminine" when The Golden Notebook debuted in 1962, responded by saying: "Apparently what many women were thinking, feeling, experiencing came as a great surprise." The 88-year-old Lessing's most recent novel, The Cleft, hit stores in July. [NY Times]