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]
I support this choice whole-heartedly, although the book she'll be remembered for came out 45 freakin' years ago. I guess the point of the Nobel is just to give them a pat on the back before they go under. Ms. Lessing rocks, though, and if you haven't read The Golden Notebook, you must.