Nadine Gordimer

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Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014) is a novelist, political activist and playwright.

Born in Springs in the Transvaal on 20 November 1923, largely schooled at home, she became one of South Africa’s most prominent novelists of the 20th century, she has written numerous novels and short stories over the years, garnering a string of awards for her uncompromising work. She has honorary doctorates from 14 universities and in 1991 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

She passed away on 13 July 2014.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

As a young writer she briefly dabbled with playwriting, and her play The First Circle won second prize in the FATSSA one-act playwriting competition in 1947. The text was published in Six One-Act Plays by South African Authors (Pretoria:J.L. van Schaik, 1949).


The Times, 15 July 2014.

Robin McGregor. 2001. McGregor's Who Made South Africa (Volume 1). Saxonwold: Purdey Publishers (pp. 89-90).

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