Doris Lessing

FILE - In this April 17, 2006 file photo, Doris Lessing, 86, sits in her home in north London. Lessing, the free-thinking, world-traveling, often-polarizing writer of "The Golden Notebook" and dozens of other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire, died at the age of 94.

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Doris Lessing holds up the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature medal after being presented it by the Ambassador of Sweden, Staffan Carlsson, during a ceremony at the Wallace Collection art gallery in London on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008. The 88-year-old writer suffers back problems and was not well enough to travel to Stockholm for the official Nobel prize-giving ceremony on Dec.10, 2007.

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