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Nadine Gordimer Biography of Nadine Gordimer

Novelist, essayist, screenwriter, political activist and champion of the disenfranchised, Nadine Gordimer was born in Springs--a small gold-mining town in South Africa in 1923. She attended Convent of Our Lady of Mercy in that town and the University of the Witwatersrand for one year.

Ms. Gordimer rose to world fame for her novels and short stories that stunned the literary world and won her the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. In addition to her 12 novels, 10 collections of short stories and essays on topics including apartheid and writing, Gordimer’s credits include screenplays for television dramas and the script for the film "Frontiers". Winner of 11 literary awards and 14 honorary degrees, her most recent novel is entitled "The House Gun" and a documentary film entitled "Hanging on a Sunrise".

NOVELS:

The Lying Days 1953
A World of Strangers 1958
Occasion for Loving 1963
The Late Bourgeois World 1966
A Guest of Honour 1970
The Conservationist 1975
Burger’s Daughter 1979
July’s People 1981
A Sport of Nature 1987
My Son’s Story 1991
None to Accompany Me 1994
The House Gun 1998

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS:

The Soft Voice of the Serpent 1952
Six Feet of the Country 1956
Friday’s Footprint 1960
Not for Publication 1965
Livingstone’s Companions 1971
Selected Stories 1976
Some Monday for Sure (Selected Stories) 1976
A Soldier’s Embrace 1980
Something Out There 1984
Jump 1992

NON-FICTION:

On the Mines (essays to accompany photographs by David Goldblatt)
Lifetimes: Under Apartheid (Text, excerpts from novels and stories, photographs by David Goldblatt)
The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics & Places (essays) 1988
Writing and Being: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures 1995

LITERARY AWARDS:

W. H. Smith Commonwealth Literary Award 1961 England
James Tait Black Memorial Prize 1972 England
Booker Prize 1974, England
CNA Prize 1974, 1975, 1980, South Africa
Grand Aigle d’Or 1975, France
Modern Language Association Award 1982, USA
Scottish Arts Council Neil M. Gunn Fellowship 1981, Scotland
Premio Malaparte 1985, Italy
Nelly Sachs Prize 1986m, Germany
Bennett Award 1987, USA
Nobel Prize in Literature 1991, Sweden

HONORARY DEGREES:

D. Litt., University of Leuven, Belgium 1981
D. Litt., Smith College, USA 1985
D. Humane Letters, City College, New York University 1985
D. Litt., Harvard University 1986
D. Litt., Yale University 1986
D. Litt., Columbia University 1987
D. Litt., New School for Social Research, New York 1987
D. Litt., York University, England 1987
D. Litt., University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
D. Litt., University of Cape Town, South Africa
D. Litt., University of Cape Town, South Africa
D. Litt., Cambridge University 1991
D. Litt., Oxford University 1994
D. Litt., University of Durban-Westville
D. Litt., Ben Gurion University 1996

HONORARY MEMBER & FELLOWSHIP:

Hon. Member, American Academy of Arts & Science
Hon. Member, American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature, England
Vice President, PEN International
Patron, Congress of South African Writers

DECORATION:

Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres France

FILMS:

Screenplays for four of the 7 television dramas based on her own short stories, collectively entitled "The Gordimer Stories", 1981-82.
Co-scripted and co-produced "Choosing for Justice: Allan Boesak" with Hugo Cassirer, 1983.
Scripted and narrated a film in the BBC series "Frontiers", 1989, on the subject of the frontier between Mozambique and South Africa.
"Berlin & Johannesburg: The Wall & The Colour Bar", television documentary film in collaboration with Hugo Cassirer.