A few Ruffles and Flourishes today for Doris Lessing upon winning the Nobel Prize for Literature.The eleventh women to do so. Here from the New York Times:
Announcing the award in Stockholm, the Swedish Academy described her as “that epicist of the female experience, who with skepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilization to scrutiny.” The award comes with a 10 million Swedish crown honorarium, about $1.6 million.
Her early book, Golden Moment was a forerunner to the feminist movement. It sold 6,000 copies. Apparently the right 6,000 copies sold. I am sorry to say that I haven't read her, but for the photograph sitting on her stoop caught out by a flock of reporters alone, I fully intend to round up a copy and some of her other books too. Sounds like she may write like Alice Neel painted. Can you imagine just coming in one morning and oh by the way, here's the world prize for what you do and a check? Fire and visionary power. Said she had been short listed for the Nobel for years. I wonder how that feels? I mean, when one gets up in the morning and makes tea, putters about, does it echo in her head? Does her tea taste different, is it made with more elan, knowing she's on such a list? She is an epicist of the female experience for gosh sakes. So I 'll dedicate this golden tart to Doris and her tenacity, a feather for her cap. Tart and tangy, full of fight. She's 88 you know. Congratulations. Well done. To all of us who aren't short listed, maybe we should choose a list to be on...and see who shows up at our stoop. Which list would you choose? I would love to know.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Posted by Janice C. Cartier at 6:26 AM